Ian McCalman, Hamish Bayne and Derek Moffat first met during registration for entry into Edinburgh College of Art on 6th October, 1964, and in a mutual interest in folk music, formed, not only a much loved, and I think consistently the best folk group, but also a friendship which has endured for all these years. There has only been one change in the original line up when, in 1982, Hamish retired to the quieter life, with new boy Nick Keir joining the group.
Derek Moffat passed away on October 21, 2001, at the age of 54, and Stephen Quigg (who stood in for him during his illness) officially joined the line-up.
The McCalmans played their last concert on December 10, 2010, with the retirement of Ian McCalman. Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg continued to perform solo and as a duo.
Nick Keir passed away on June 2, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.