CalMac Culture Music 2016

Calmac culture music 2016 final highlights

Watch the CalMac Culture Music 2016 Final live video stream from King Tut's in Glasgow. If you couldn't make it along on the night watch as the finalists played for the chance to win a set at some of Scotland's best music festivals in the summer of 2016.

Please note that this is an over 18's event and may contain adult content.

The Winners

  • Bute Fest - Kat Healy, Tom Vevers, The Begbies and Bella Gaffney

  • Best of the West - James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band

  • TMF - James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band

  • HebCelt- Bella Gaffney & James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band

  • Oban Live - James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band

  • Iona Fest - Dumb Instrument 

  • Mull of Kintyre Festival - Dumb Instrument

  • Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - The Begbies and Tom Vevers

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the begbies 

The Begbies were chosen to play at both Bute Fest and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Watch them performing live at the final in the 360o​ video below.

The Shortlist

The shortlisted singer songwriters and bands were selected to play at the 2016 CalMac Culture Music final at Glasgow's infamous King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. The acts who performed on the night were;

  • James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band

  • Alex Maxwell 

  • Whitehill Grove

  • The Begbies

  • Kat Healy

  • Tom Vevers

  • Angus Smith & North 56

  • Dumb Instrument

  • Bella Gaffney

CalMac Culture 2016 is bigger and better than ever - this year entrants competed for the chance to take to the stage at eight famous festivals:

  • Hebridean Celtic Festival

  • Tiree Music Festival

  • Best of the West Music Festival

  • Mull of Kintyre Festival

  • ButeFest

  • Oban Live

  • Iona Music Festival

  • Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

CalMac Culture Music winners battled it out on the iconic stage at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut on Thursday 31 March 2016.

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CalMac Culture Music 2015

CalMac Culture Music returned in 2015 for a second year - the competition that offers singer-songwriters and bands the chance to battle at iconic Glasgow music venue King Tut's received more entries than ever before. The acts battled for top slots at Best of the West Music Festival, Tiree Music Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Bluebell Festival and Mull of Kintyre Festival.

Winners of Music 2015 were also later asked to play at Iona Music Festival, Arran Folk Festival and the Royal National Mod. 

The CalMac Culture Music Final took place in March, over 200 people packed into King Tut's in Glasgow to watch as eight acts battled for a spot at 5 Scottish island festivals. 

The finalists included; Little FireGabbroYew MusicHarry & the Hendersons, The Glass Roots50 Shades of Blue Bella & the Bear and Iain Bothwell

4 winners were chosen by representatives of festivals from the length of the west coast. 

Little Fire

Little Fire

Little Fire was so popular he was chosen to play at both Best of the West festival and Tiree Music Festival. Watch his winning performance. 



Gabbro were chosen to play at the Bluebell festival in Inveraray, the Gaelic singing band were then asked to perform at a CalMac reception during the Royal National Mod in Oban. Watch Gabbros' mesmerising performance below.

Harry & the Hendersons

Harry & the Hendersons

Harry & the Hendersons were snapped up by representatives to play at Mull of Kintyre Festival, aka MOKFest. Watch the performance that secured their spot at the festival below.

Bella & the Bear

Bella & the Bear

Bella & the Bear enchanted the room at King Tut's and were chosen to play not once, not twice but three sets at the Hebridean Celtic Festival, aka HebCelt. Watch their fantastic performance below.

Hear more from the 2015 Music winners following their success in a series of interviews on the CalMac Culture YouTube channel. 

If you missed the event, why not watch it now. Stream the entire event, watch each act's live performance and the winners being announced.

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