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Calum Marshall

Calum Marshall

Calum Marshall

Calum Marshall is a keyboard player and enthusiastic synthesist who has worked with the likes of Paige Turley, The Bill Wells Quintet & The George Birt Band amongst many others. Cal formed the Jazz Prophets (formally known as the Jazz Bastards) with percussionist, George Falconer in 1990. They were a favourite of The BBC Jazz radio show Be-Bop to Hip Hop and the then compère David Sillars. Cal's session work with other bands and his own composition's can be heard here. Read more on
Calum Marshall is a keyboard player and enthusiastic synthesist who has worked with the likes of Paige Turley, The Bill Wells Quintet & The George Birt Band amongst many others. Cal formed the Jazz Prophets (formally known as the Jazz Bastards) with percussionist, George Falconer in 1990. They were a favourite of The BBC Jazz radio show Be-Bop to Hip Hop and the then compère David Sillars. Cal's session work with other bands and his own composition's can be heard here. Cal started playing organ at the age of around 10 when he got an organ from his parents for Christmas.

Within a year, he had started piano lessons which continued until he was about 17 contsanlty driving his family nuts with Debussy, Bach & Chopin classics as well as being a fan of progressive rock players like Keith Emerson, Tony Banks & Dave Greenslade. It was around this time that he became exposed, through his older brother, to Jazz Fusion and became a big fan of Miles Davis, John McLaughlin and Joe Zawinul. Cal also dabbled with guitar & bass, rather unsuccessfully at the age of 15 before getting the performing bug and quickly started up Lee K Tapp and The Washers with guitarist George Paterson. Known for not a lot more than thier white 'Devo type' boiler suits and electric blue lighting, Lee K Tapp played to unbelievably small audiences at the infamous Grangemouth 'Ranch' and the International Hotel ("The Nash") as well as headlining an all day concert event at the Bowhouse Community Hall to over a thousand in attendance....

a surprising record for them given their fan base of about 4. Lee K Tapp broke up when George Paterson left to form The Rocking Blue Hound-dogs with Ian Stuart (Harmonica & vocals) and Paul Paterson (Bass). Cal went on to focus on piano compositions and approached George Falconer with an invitation to record new compositions he'd penned the year previously. This led to 'Alternative Structures' compositions you hear here.

These are essentially a collection of live recordings with overdubs in places. These were never meant for release as they were regarded as rough takes, but hey ho, for nothing more than the memory, they became the Alternative Structures album collection. Cal also played with other artists on the Black Market studio session’s recordings 'Fragments'. 'Alternative Structures' is a collection of early recordings made by the Jazz Prophets predominantly at Black Market Sound Studio, between 1992 & 1993 & and range from Weather Report type influences using more traditional 70's instruments, to more modern electronica synthesizer pieces.

The musicians on these recordings vary depending on the track and Include: George Falconer (Drums & Percussion), John Longbotham (Sax), Ian Middleton (Fretless Bass), Drew Welsh (Electric Bass on "The Peking Diner") & Peter Watson (Electric Guitar on "The Peking Diner"). George Falconer is a long time collaborative musician and friend of Cal's whose wide ranging experience of recording & production is evident in both his approach and his experimental work on these recordings. 'Alternative Structures' is a collection of some of those early recordings & the Alternative Structures track is a duet put together by George & Cal with a live take approach. Bob Goes to the Store is also a live take.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did writing, performing & recording them. The Jazz Prophets broke up as a result of one of the band members becoming ill. These recordings, track names & concepts are the are the property of Calum Marshall & George Falconer & are protected by Copyright Law. Thanks for listening to them. Preamble and background: a undergraduate and post graduate from Margaret University and University of Paisley respectively, Cal is a keen a keen reader in exopolitics and quantum physics..

The notion and desire to ‘follow the money’after seeing sightings of anomalous objects in the sky over the years (not to mention coming up form under the ground) led Cal to study the UFO phenomenon. After 10 years of serious reading the works of leading academics from varying perspectives, Cal came to the conclusion that not only are we not alone, but ‘they’ may have always been here, they may have even made us and they may control everything we can and are able to do. These thoughts are not popular belief systems as we consume more and more junk information and tweet our brains out whilst getting glued to our televisions for our daily consumption of mash up. Cal’s beliefs are best summed up by the author P.D.

Ouspensky's in his work “In search of the Miraculous” This work conveys a strong and lasting impression that not only did Ouspensky discover a real knowledge about man and his relationship with the universe, but that we have been part of the greatest deception and addressing such issues as where do we come from and what lies ahead. He refers to an old eastern tale of the Magician’s sheep. There is an Eastern tale, which speaks about a very rich magician who had a great many sheep. But at the same time this magician was very mean.

He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and so on, and above all they ran away, for they knew that the magician wanted their flesh and skins and this they did not like. “At last the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in the third place he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it.

Further the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all; to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians. “And after all this his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and skins. “This tale is a very good illustration of man’s position." (P.D.

Ouspensky). What makes us think we are nothing more than animals that can be manipulated at any point in time? A sobering thought and the basis of Cal’s belief systems and the motivation for the exploration of sound, hyper-dimensional physics and beyond. Cassini is a compilation of demo recordings made in 2009 by Calum Marshall & George Falconer. Instruments by Calum Marshall except for Percussion (George falconer) on Encaledus & Lapetus and is dedicated to the bravery, honesty and integrity of Dr.

Norman Bergrun. 'Fragments' is a compilation of recordings done at Black Market Sound Studio, Falkirk around 1993 and features a number of Falkirk & Glasgow Artists. Engineered & mixed by Peter Watson, Calum Marshall and the band members themselves. George Burt is a well known Falkirk guitarist and collaborative friend of Bill Wells (another Composer & Artist from Falkirk). The George Burt Band visited Black Market Studio to record several tracks.

Here George plays guitar and is accompanied by Bill Wells (Electric Bass), Frank Hughes (Saxophone), George MacKay (Double Bass), & Nick Watson (Drums). Engineered & mixed by Peter Watson & Calum Marshall. The Caucus Race - Paul Hunter (Guitars, Lead Vocals & Mandolin), Vincent Kane (Percussion & Backing vocals, Stephen Mossen on Keyboards, Jimmy Montgomery on Trumpet & David Cowan on Electric Bass. (Bass on 'Here Comes the Honey Man' - Calum Marshall). Engineered & mixed by Peter Watson & Calum Marshall. Solo Artist - Norman Philip & Hope (Formally of Gun Crazy) who wrote, sang & played guitar on these 2 tracks 'Think' & 'Wait'.

(Synthesizers, Organ & Piano by Calum Marshall). Engineered & mixed by Peter Watson & Calum Marshall. The Jazz Prophets (now disbanded) are heard here (well 3 of them at least) warming up with a live 'jammed' idea of Cal's recorded in the absence of John Longbotham (sax). (Calum Marshall on keyboards, Ian Middleton on Fretless Bass & George Falconer on Drums). At this point 'Alternative Structures' was being recorded over a period of 2 months having been penned a year earlier by Calum Marshall.

Engineered & mixed by Peter Watson, George Falconer & Calum Marshall. All of me is what happens when tired musicians try to relax in the studio. Someone picks up a guitar & starts trying to sing. On this occasion Cal's friends George Paterson (guitar), Jimmy Hughes (Guitar), & Sandy (violin) can be heard...well...having a laugh really. Cal joined in with a Synthesizer Bass part and everybody joined in on the vocals...except I don't think anyone really knew the song very well.

Out-takes are often the best fun though. Just for fun. Freerise A popular band often seen & heard around Glasgow & Edinburgh, amongst other Scottish cities, but haling from Falkirk. Freerise are Scott Brown (Guitar & vocals), Martin Johnstone (Drums), Mark Kilbride (Guitar), Graeme McCourt (Bass), & Guest musician Calum Marshall (Organ & Synthesizer).

Copyright - Scott Brown. Spank is a band put together by singer/song writer Alan Robertson. Although there is only one demo track here, Spank have many recordings & this track features the popular and well-known local singer, and friend, Dawn Robertson (Godfrey), who sadly died suddenly after a fall whilst on holiday in Arisaig, Scotland in 2009. Alan Robertson (Guitar * Vocals), Dawn Godfrey (Vocals), Calum Marshall (Keyboards) & George Falconer (Percussion). These recordings are the property of the artists named here and are protected by copyrighted law.

Thanks for listening. More Info: A comprehensive list of bands and more info on the Falkirk Music Scene (and it is big) can be found here at Eddie's MacKenzies' place: Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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The real Calum Marshall

The Calum Marshall (the musician) is not the Calum_Marshall tweeting on this blog.
by Donnie 2012-06-28 15:05:56

Re, Calum Marshall\'s \'Alternative Structures\' & \'Cassini\' Albums

This is very, very clever stuff - where an I buy it?
by Thomas Bell 2010-04-14 00:01:11
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