Recently, Calum has teamed up with artist Chris Rutterford to stage a 2-week performance in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Entitled "An Audience with Bannockburn", Calum and Chris transformed the Storytelling Centre into their private fiefdom, resplendent with period costume, banners, and a battle re-enactment video installation. The public has also been invited to have their portraits included within a huge mural depicting the Scottish troops.
3 Questions for the Storyteller Calum Lykan
1. Who or what called you to storytelling?
Although I’m relatively new to telling I still sometimes struggle to remember what brought me to this path and started me on the journey. I drifted for many years without focus or even an idea of what I wanted from life. Then one day I was put on a stage to deliver a historical talk (absolutely terrifying) but afterwards I realised I was still in one piece and the world hadn't ended and actually I rather enjoyed the experience. So I sought out other avenues to perform which brought me to Tour Guiding. Telling gruesome and grisly tales of old Edinburgh was my first telling experience and I saw how the stories captivated and entranced the audience, it was like casting a spell.
From this I started to attend courses and performances of Storytellers and my love for the tell began. Couple this with some of the most wonderful storytellers who were more than happy to help a young pup out with advice and kind words of encouragement. To them I will be eternally grateful as without the support I may never have continued.
2. What was the last story you performed or told?
I love to tell traditional Scottish Folk and Fairy tales but recently I have experimented with one or two of my own invention. So the last tale I told was about the Great Kilt which I wear and how it can sometimes get you in to trouble or just plain cause you embarrassment.
3. Who's your favourite storyteller?
Difficult question which could cause me to become a pariah in Edinburgh. So I’ll answer honestly. I do not have a favourite. My favourite storyteller whose tales I use most often is the late great Duncan Williamson. However active tellers that I love listening to as each delivers a tale so differently and uniquely are David Campbell for his use of language which is exquisite and the emotion of his delivery, yourself Michael Williams for the tone and delivery of a tale as it just settles the audience in to a wonderful evening, Donald Smith if your lucky to hear him, passionate and humorous with a laugh that can shake walls and Gerry Durkin for the energy, humour and sheer joy he brings to stories.
Don't miss my conversation with Calum Lykan on the Teller and the Tale, beginning Sunday morning June 29th at 7am EST (Canada/US) and 12 noon BST (UK/Ireland), only on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com).
The show will be repeated on Tuesday July 1st at 8pm EST (Canada/US) and 1am BST (UK/Ireland) and again on Thursday July 3rd at 4pm EST (Canada/US) and 9pm BST (UK/Ireland).
Remember, if you miss the show you can catch up at the end of the week at http://tellerandthetale.blogspot.co.uk/ where you can listen again to past programmes.