Musician Thomas McCallum playing at Baked Café

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A Pictou County native is returning to perform at Baked Café in New Glasgow this week.

Thomas McCallum, who grew up in Pictou County, is now studying at King’s College. He just finished his first CD, Crocus Song. SUBMITTED

Thomas McCallum grew up in Six Mile Brook and took part in various music programs in the area.

“I’ve been singing in the school choir ever since Grade 3,” he said. “But really it was the Pictou District Honour Choir that really got me going.”

He said he sang with the group all through middle school.

Now a student at King’s College, he’s just finished his first CD, Crocus Song, which includes five songs. His style of music most closely aligns with folk and he compares his singer songwriter approach to the likes of Old Man Luedecke and John Prine.

“Most of my songs are written about friends and family and experiences,” he said. “I like to draw on the works of other writers and singer songwriters to inform my writing.”

He said he also finds inspiration in the Nova Scotian landscape.

For the last six months he’s been working on completing Crocus Song, but in reality he said it’s been years in the making.

”It’s really nice to have it completed.”

He’ll be performing Friday at 6 p.m. with fellow artists Layne Greene and Karis Tees. Cover cost by donation.

“Dinner will be available but seating is limited,” McCallum said.

Organizations: Pictou District Honour Choir

Geographic location: King, Nova Scotian

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