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Island musician heads up the charts

Prides pose: Callum Wiseman (right) with band mates Lewis Gardiner (left) and Stewart Brock.

A SHETLAND musician has been riding high on the UK albums chart.

Callum Wiseman, who lived in the isles before leaving for Glasgow at the age of 16, plays guitar, keyboards and sings in Scottish synth-pop trio Prides.

Their recently released debut record The Way Back Up shot to No.24 on the national albums chart last week.

The 28 year old told Shetland News that his family have been supporting him all the way as Prides – who are signed to major label Island Records – continue to make a big impact.

“They’ve been great,” he said. “Honestly, they all bought the album and they never stop texting me and tagging me on the Facebook – it’s great.”

Wiseman added that he will “never say never” to performing with Prides in the isles in the future – if the demand is there.

He said the band’s debut album is a “good representation of the different types of things that the three of us like to write”.

The group performed at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony last year in their home city of Glasgow to a global audience of one billion.

They were also the first act to play on the main stage at T in the Park’s new Strathallan home earlier this month.

So does Wiseman have advice for any musicians leaving Shetland this year for university who aim to make a splash down south?

“Just be nice to people, write good music and record it well,” he replied.