Singer/songwriter, Raymond McCullough, started writing songs in 1973. He plays guitar - "a George Lowden acoustic/electric; actually!" - mandolin, bodhran and, now and then, a little bit of keyboard.
He has travelled and performed in Israel, (on one occasion literally singing for his supper!), China (Beijing), Canada, USA, Scotland and Ireland, north and south - playing pubs, concerts, churches - on the street, if required! At the Rostrevor ‘Fiddler’s Green International Festival’ in Ireland recently he was described by one of the organisers as "the discovery of the festival!"
Raymond has had a very varied career; including lecturing in computing, selling French perfume, running an Internet cafe, publishing a magazine and two books, hosting his own radio show, producing TV and corporate video, and restoring his own classic wooden boat.
In 2004 he set up Precious Oil Productions - a media production company, (now incorporated as a Limited Company). POP are currently raising funding to film a new TV documentary - linking Scots/Irish settlers, Native Americans and Israeli Jews! Several other TV and radio productions are also in the pipeline.
The mini album, ‘The great China Bike Ride’, was also released in 2004 and contained the song, 'Ballad of Beijing', the saga of a charity cycle ride in which Raymond took part in 1999. The second album, ‘Into Jerusalem’, was released the following year. It contains twelve Celtic and Hebrew worship songs, written by Raymond, and varying from rock, to Celtic, (Scottish, Irish, Bluegrass, folk/rock), to Jewish-style songs. The latest album, the EP, 'Different', consists of four tracks - two Pop/Folk songs, a very personal ballad and an Irish jig.
In September 2008 Raymond launched his 30-min podcast show of Celtic music and craic, 'Celtic Roots Radio' - which currently has over 24,000 subscribers in 59 countries. In April 2009 he also launched a 24/7 'Celtic Roots Radio' station, (on the Live365 network), which now has regular listeners around the world. (http://www.celticrootsradio.com)