Local boy Callum Beattie is on the brink of big things, and the packed crowd at Cabaret Voltaire on Friday night were with him from first song until last.
The fresh-faced singer-songwriter is no overnight success, having spent the best part of a decade honing his craft on the local music scene. In that time he’s scored support slots with the likes of KT Tunstall and James Blunt, but now, having signed a record deal with 3Beat, part of the mighty Universal label, it seems like it’s time for him to truly shine.
The Musselburgh-raised singer certainly made an impression at Cab Vol on Friday, and it was clear from his set that not only has this young man got a great voice (which is more than a little reminiscent of Paolo Nutini) but also that his soon-to-be-released album is packed with radio-friendly tunes.
Standouts on the night included Some Heroes Don’t Wear Capes and Bonfires, but, truth told, there was plenty here to suggest you’ll be hearing a lot more from Callum Beattie before the year is out.
Words: Marius McKee