My Edinburgh: Jordan Harvey, King Calaway

Jordan Harvey has gone far since his schooldays in South Queensferry – all the way to Nashville in fact.

Now a key member of country supergroup King Calaway, Jordan first came to the attention on the BBC One talent show, Let It Shine.

As a band, King Calaway have performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Neighbours and the Late Late Show With James Corden – not to mention performing on the main stage at Gibraltar Calling alongside Take That, Tom Walker and Rick Astley.

As aforemetioned, Jordan grew up in South Queensferry, where his family still resides.

He went to Queensferry High School, completed his higher diploma at BIMM in London, and then studied his BA Honours degree in popular music at Napier Edinburgh University.

AAA caught up with Jordan to find out what he loves most about Edinburgh.

Most memorable Capital event?

The Hogmanay street party, which I played with The OK Social Club. We opened for Simple Minds In front of 15,000 people, right at the foot of Waverly Bridge. It was absolutely amazing!

Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?

Wow, we just spoke about that. I would love to see Take That headline it because I love Take That. Take That are probably my favourite band of all time.

Favourite old-fashioned boozer?

Ah yes, The Diggers (The Athletic Arms). I’m a Heart of Midlothian football fan and my granddad used to drink at The Diggers when he was young, and used to work there. He took me there for a pint of Heavy – so my favourite old fashioned boozer is The Diggers.

Favourite style bar?

I would say, the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh.

Favourite restaurant?

That’s a good one, cannae beat Bella Italia! But my favourite… I would have to say is Chaophraya, a Thai restaurant on Castle Street and it is absolutely fantastic.

Do you love or loathe the trams?

I love the trams, I think the trams are incredible! They help me get from A to B and you just glide through them. Thank you Lothian busses for building the trams.

Do you love or loathe the Festival?

I absolutely love the Festival – I have so many great memories of the Festival. I played a ton at the Festival on The Famous Grouse Stage and bars around Edinburgh.

Favourite art gallery?

Probably The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Favourite cinema?

It has to be The Vue – Ocean Terminal. That’s a good one.

Favourite live music venue?

I have two! Stramash and Liquid Room.

Favourite walk in or around the city?

I love walking up Arthur’s Seat, which is our massive hill and extinct volcano. I like to walk up that as you get a gorgeous view of Edinburgh.

Favourite shopping area?

I love shopping on Princes Street because it has really nice views of the Castle. And they have the best shops in town.

Favourite piece of architecture?

It has to be Edinburgh Castle – it’s so stunning.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?

Tourism. I feel like Edinburgh has always been a great place for tourism and has always been very busy, but I will say that tourism has us a lot busier. Also an increase in new buildings – and that’s a beautiful thing about Edinburgh, there is a lot of old which compliments the new. I just hope there won’t be too many.

Favourite festival?

Fringe festival.

Favourite Edinburgh-set novel?

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – I feel it’s the introduction that really gets you excited.

Favourite Edinburgh writer?

JK Rowling.

Favourite local hero?

Ewan McGregor.

Sell Edinburgh to a tourist in no more than ten words…

Edinburgh is culture – alive, exciting, exhilarating, breathtaking and memorable.

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