Untangled Talks with Colin MacLeod

Untangled - Colin MacLeod - 110121

Thursday 3rd March FROM 6.00 - 7.00PM

We invite you to join us for a new series of Untangled Talks!

Hosted by Matthew Wright, these conversations seek to untangle the people and issues in wild fish conservation.

First up, we are delighted to be joined by musician and crofter, Colin Macleod!

Untangled Talks will be hosted via Zoom.

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Colin Macleod is a crofters son from the Isle of Lewis - the largest island in the Outer Hebridean chain. He also balances a unique mix of lifestyles from fishing and crofting to rock and roll. Here's what he told us about it...

Growing up my life revolved around fishing. I had my first experience working as a ghillie when I was 16 on the Grimersta Estate on the west coast of the island. It was a pretty special apprenticeship and led me into a lifelong love affair with salmon.

My head got turned by rock and roll fairly early on, and I left the island to pursue a career in music shortly after finishing school. I signed my first deal with Universal music when I was 20 and I have been lucky enough to sustain a career ever since, releasing a few albums and touring across the UK, Europe and the US. I have been very lucky to support some of the industries true greats including Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, Roger Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Chris Rea, Patti Smith and Chris Isaak… to name a few.

I've been living the dream and still manage to keep my hand in with fly fishing - a passion which has been with me throughout.

I still play and tour, but - like for many - Covid has changed life. Based back on the island, I have been spending more time on the water, enjoying working again as a ghillie and am immensely enjoying a new relationship working with the creative team at Loop Tackle.

Alongside these new ventures, I continue to live and work on the croft in my home village of Swordale, raising a flock of sheep and working my two collies Sparky and Kip. Crofting is about trying to live in as traditional and self sufficient way as possible; working sheep, cutting peat for fuel and some sea fishing. Crofting has filtered down through all that I do in life. It is my biggest inspiration.