Question of the Week: Thomas McCalmont
Crossroads announced yesterday that they had signed Revelation, a trio from Northern Ireland, to their Pinnacle label. I recently had the chance to interview their tenor, Thomas McCalmont.
Daniel: How did you get in touch with Crossroads?
Thomas: David [Strange] and myself went to the National Quartet Convention back in 2005. We coincidentally were in the same hotel as Three Bridges. That’s where we met Dave McKay. We kept in touch through email, Facebook, that kind of thing. I guess he knew we were singing and all, and he said that maybe we should contact Jeff sometime. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Daniel: In which countries have you sung so far?
Thomas: With the whole political thing with Ireland, there’s Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. We’re based in Northern Ireland, but we’ve sung in Southern Ireland also. We’ve been in Scotland—we were at their music convention over the weekend. We’ve been on the border with England. We’re also considering dates in Norway right now.
We’re excited about the whole American thing—it’s a dream for us, really. We’ve been following this kind of music for years. Even the last two years, we’ve had so many groups from America come visit us over here—Hoppers, Gaithers, David Phelps, et cetera—and this year, there’s more coming out also. We’re also doing some support work in the UK for David Phelps this year. We’re excited about that!
Daniel: What are some of your favorite Southern Gospel groups from America?
Thomas: An easy question—I’m delighted to tell you. The Gaither Vocal Band. My partner in the group, David, really, really loved the Southern Gospel sound, the Cathedrals. When we were at the convention in 2005, we were so impressed with Perrys, who were really just starting to put their stamp on the music at that time.
The Anchormen—that group’s changed a lot since 2005, but people will recognize that name, I imagine.
Brian Free and Assurance—what a group, what a guy!
A group that has impressed us a lot is a group called Paid in Full.
Daniel: Oh, yes—I saw your version of “I Could Sing About Heaven” on YouTube.
Thomas: The concentration on harmony, and the focus on three continuous harmonies—for us, that was a lot of education. We have benefited from coming across these guys in particular.
Those are some of the people that impressed us.
Daniel: Thank you!
You can check Revelation out online at http://revelationministry.co.uk/. Here’s a glimpse of what they sound like in concert: