About

Robin playing live on stage

Scottish singer - I am what I am.

My solo performances are full of energy.

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Robin in 1948

I was born in Glasgow’s west end on 20th May 1948 living on Dumbarton Road, just a few hundred yards from the Clydeside shipyards. I attended Jordanhill College School, studied piano and violin, as well as receiving vocal tuition from Winnie Busfield of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. The swinging 60’s put paid to any classical career ! In 1964 I soon found myself playing in several Glasgow bands. Living a few hundred yards from the river Clyde you either found a job building ships or going to sea. I chose the latter, attending the James Watt College in Greenock, but never quite got to sea or even left the quay! Working for the old GPO, the sixties rocked, and I met Joyce, my first wife. She still is!

Robin in 1968

1966 brought a new direction in music. It was the start of ‘Lomond Folk’. I teamed up with Donald Brown, a fellow singer, and we soon established our name on the Scottish folk scene. For many years we ran the Black Bull Folk Club in Milngavie. This was the start of gigging, touring, and sharing the stage with many ‘famous folkies’. The ‘Lomond Folk’ years were unique with concerts, folk clubs, showboat cruises, television appearances and radio. In 1971 Caledonia Music released the first album Parcel o’ Rogues, then in 1972 Decca Beltona Sword released the album ‘Flower of Scotland’  followed by in 1974 Lismor release ‘Blended Scotch’. With the emergence of commercial radio, Lomond Folk were regularly featured, and often shared the ‘wee sma’ oors’ on New Year’s Day with Radio Clyde’s Colin MacDonald. In 1976 I opened a retail shop, ‘Strings & Things’ in the west end of Glasgow selling musical instruments, accessories, vinyl albums and Scottish Crafts. Sadly, this ‘chapter’ of my story was short lived as in 1977 Donald tragically died after a gig in Aberfeldy. Painfully for me, ‘the curtain came down’ on Lomond Folk.

Robin in 1978

After a difficult year coming to terms with the death of Donald in November 1977 and finding the old folk club venues an overwhelming experience, I chose a solo career on the Scottish tourist circuit and continued to compere the Clyde and Loch Lomond Showboat cruises working with many covers’ bands, folk, and jazz artists. In these years I released solo albums “Scottish Holiday” and “Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin”. During this period Joyce and I established Occasion Recordings & Publications Ltd for future recording work. After 8 years I moved to England with my wife, son, and daughter. I blame Thatcher ! It was time to take stock – pastures new.

Robin in 1986

There was no doubt that the ‘weans’ lives’ were passing me by with the ‘gigging nights’ lifestyle. I therefore decided to take a musical ‘rest’ – but only for a few ‘bars’. It didn’t last long.

With the move to England in 1986 I had a ‘late development’ MBA; BA. with the Open University, while working in a very sensible 9-5 job with BT plc in London. This put to bed my academic school reports of ‘he daydreams and could do better !’

Robin in 2000

In the new millennium I took the opportunity to return to full-time music, with the promotion, management and recording of bands. Playing music, I teamed up with Andy Hart, a singer and keyboard player, to form Solid Silver playing covers at corporate functions and weddings. A musical partnership was then established with Andy trading as Solid Silver Productions. The partnership provided bespoke opera and event production. The Solid Silver partnership was dissolved in 2013 as Andy ventured out to set up a new music school in Surrey and I stayed on the road to make live music. Over many years I have provided music for Burns’ Suppers with song, poems and reciting the Address to the Haggis, renowned and much on demand. In 2004 I released an album of Robert Burns’ poems and songs. Robert Burns – Unplugged. Nearly all the songs are unaccompanied and the intention of the album was for folks to play at their own family Burns’ Nights.

Robin in 2019

In 2009 I established a folk group with Adrian Boddy (Fiddle) and Krystal Freya Munn (Fiddle)

Returning to my Celtic roots, I regularly perform with Hertfordshire based group Celtic Krystal. It’s gone the full circle – nearly! Certainly, shades of the Glasgow days of ‘Lomond Folk’ with traditional songs and the fiddle on jigs and reels.  In 2014 the trio released their first CD of traditional music, ‘We Danced in the Morning’.

After six years, Adrian left Celtic Krystal in 2015.

Dave and myself the co promoters of JazzUp UK at Club 85 Hitchin

2014 saw my fiftieth year making music.

My enthusiasm for jazz, listening only(!), goes back to the 1960’s and 1970’s with regular visits to the Clarendon Bar in Glasgow and to college type traditional jazz events of that era. As a new musical project I teamed up with Dave Keech, a friend and professional trombone player, to establish, in 2014, JazzUp UK in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. These gigs are now held monthly at Club 85 with a host of top-class UK and International jazz artists.

Horace Panter Draw
Robin in 2016

In November 2016 we released a new Celtic Krystal CD. Duncan Ivory (bass) and Dicky Deegan (Uilleann Pipes and whistles) came on board for this recording at the SoundArc Studio in Shefford, with Alex Lewis as sound engineer and London-based Pete Maher to master the tracks. Pure Music of Manchester completed the manufacturing for the 8th.September 2017 release. Eilidh Price designed the CD inserts and the marketing theme of the project. The CD ‘The Silver Darlings’ is available to download and can be purchased from the shop.

I’m back! Well I’ve not really been away as the gigs kept happening – when I was fit enough. This period saw an Oscar-winning performance of ‘thank yous’ to the NHS, my wife, family, friends, Krystal, and all who gave me support and care over the past 4/5 years.

Robin in 2019

2019 – The year got off to a great start with Burns’ Suppers and Paddy’s Day celebrations. The longest gig ever in my 55 years of gigging. A two-hour afternoon set then a five-hour evening set at The Vic in Hitchin was the pinnacle of my singing stamina endurance test for an ageing Wild Rover! July 2019 saw my fiddling friend Krystal tying the matrimonial chord with Richard at Stonehenge. Quite an occasion to be permitted to perform in the Centre Circle of Stonehenge. Yes, we played with The Stones!

Celtic Krystal performing live
Robin in 2020

Time for New Year Resolutions in 2020 with Krystal taking a break for the birth of her daughters. A new band project was established.

Robin Campbell’s Celtic MashUp  with Matt Waters on fiddle, Dicky Deegan on Uillean Pipes and Whistles, Duncan Ivory on Bass Ukulele, Lynden Campbell on Bodhran and yours truly on vocals and Guitar.

Unfortunately, after two Burns’ nights with Celtic Krystal and only one Irish Night with Celtic MashUp, in March 2020, it all came to a grinding halt with the Corona virus, Covid-19, pandemic

A new year 2021 with the pandemic still ‘hovering’ around, but Celtic MashUp and Celtic Krystal are on the road again making music.

In 2022 Celtic MashUp took to the studio and recorded a first EP ‘In Session’ available on Spotify  and other platforms.

2022 saw Krystal’s return to music and it was great to be making music in the folk duo once more.

2023 was a crazy, exciting year. Loads of craic. Celtic MashUp played gigs in  Scotland and Ireland. Recording in Newry and gigs in Belfast plus all the local Paddy’s Day shindigs in March. The highlight of the year was Lynden’s gift for my 75th birthday. 8 days in Ireland near Newry recording at Analogue Studios with the magnificent Julie on the desk. Thank You to the family.

Dave and myself the co promoters of JazzUp UK at Club 85 Hitchin

December 2023 went out with a real bit of musical fun with a fast fusion of Celtic and Jazz at the monthly JazzUp session. Matt Waters and  myself joined Dave Keech and the band for a couple of numbers at the end of the gig, the last being Auld Lang Syne, no surprises there !  We are now in 2024 and look forward to another year of music, my 60th year – making a noise!

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