Raymond Caldwell Resume

      Ray Caldwell was born in Dumbarton, Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1974. He learned to play guitar as a teen and performed locally in the Folk Clubs of the West of Scotland. He met Chris Langan, the Toronto pipe maker, in 1985 and at that time became one of Chris's Students on Uilleann Pipes. He also plays Cittern, Tin Whistle and Bodhran. He has been teaching pipes and tin whistle for the last ten years in the Toronto and Brampton areas. One of his uilleann pipe students was Kelly Hood of the bands “Loka, Spraoi and Cabbagetown Ceilidh Band”. He has been associated with several local prominent musicians like Alan Frew, Sam Reid and Chris McNeill of “Glass Tiger” fame and Pat O'Gorman of “Rare Air”, “Na Cabarfeidh” and “Brian Pickell Band”.

Ray has performed session work on several albums and commercials: Alannah Myles - “Ă„•län•näh”, Mychael & Jeff Danna - “A Celtic Tale”, Gary William O'Hart - “Ninth Night Beyond Tara”, Holborn Nature Recording - “Ireland, the Waters and the Wild”, CBC/NFB Documentary - “The Caregivers”. T.V. Commercials for: 1998 Canadian Open, Bank of Montreal; Closing of Maple Leaf Gardens; Ontario Tourism and several Radio Commercials. Recently he performed with The Toronto Orpheus Choir in a presentation of Scott MacMillan's “Celtic Mass for the Sea” at Convocation Hall. He also performed at Roy Thomson Hall with Dovid Gabay for the “Teens at Risk Benefit”. He has done session work for the band “House of Not”. He performed regularly with Allison Lupton's band ‘Learig' for several years and is currently a member of Aaron Soloman's band “Coole Park” and of “Stringdriventhing” drummer Billy Fairley's new band called “Skye” .

He has recently been inducted into the North American Comhaltas (Traditional Irish Music Society) Hall of Fame.

He completed a course in Audio Recording and Engineering at the TARA School of Audio in 2009 and graduated “top of the class”. He produced, recorded and performed on the Album “Kitty's Return” which was a collaboration with his fellow Toronto musician Karen Light. Another collaboration project is a recording of Celtic meditational music and Yoga instruction for an album called “A Celebration of Celtic Yoga” with his daughter, Yoga Instructor and Author, Michaela Caldwell. His latest project is a compilation CD featuring several previously unreleased “Stringdriventhing” tracks and original and traditional celtic material, produced by Billy Fairley and composed, recorded and engineered by Ray called “Castle Skye”.

Updated:  February 8, 2012

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