Talent show star Cammy prepares for "massive" Stirling Summer Sessions show

Britain’s Got Talent star Cammy Barnes admits it’s been a whirlwind year - but believes taking to the Summer Sessions stage in Stirling will be the culmination of his rapid rise to fame.

The 33-year-old used to delight audiences as part of the popular Red Hot Chilli Pipers before striking out on his own last year in the ITV talent contest.

His voice took him all the way to the semi-final stage, with memorable performances of Scottish classic ‘Caledonia’ and Olivia Rodrigo hit ‘Driver’s License’ gaining more than 200,000 views online.

Now, almost 12 months since his appearance on the show, Cammy is hard at work ahead of a busy summer that will him see take to some of Scotland’s biggest stages in the summer festival scene - as well as launching his debut album in September.

One of those gigs will see Cammy as one of the supports to pop superstar James Arthur on June 27 at Stirling’s City Park.

Speaking to the Observer, Cammy admitted he was buzzing to take to the stage in the shadow of Stirling Castle - and put on a show-stealing performance.

He said: “It’s so exciting, it feels like a culmination of the work to get here and it still blows my mind that people are coming out to see me perform on stages like this.

“I’ve played a lot of the big events as part of the Pipers but now I feel as if I’m on the right instrument because I’ve always wanted to be a singer and it shows what you can achieve if you work hard and know what you want to be.

“The show is going to be massive, we’ve got a full band and we’re in the rehearsal studio now so hopefully people will be able to come along and have a good time.

“I’m not sure I’ve actually played that many gigs in Stirling, although Runrig are my favourite band and I’ve had the chance to sing with them, so buzzing to get out on a stage where they have performed so famously.”

James Arthur will headline the gig at Stirling's City Park
Cammy Barnes performing for the judges in the BGT audition

Cammy is part of a blockbuster line-up for the June 27 gig, which will also feature Kilmarnock alt-rock trio Fatherson and double Eurovision winner Loreen alongside the main attraction, James Arthur.

But Cammy insists he wants to show he belongs among the biggest artists as he prepares for a hectic few months which will also see him headline the River Stage at Glasgow’s TRANSMT festival in July.

Cammy continued: “I’m not really starstruck so much because I’ve been trying to do this all my life and I feel as if I’ve earned my place to be there and I want to show I belong.

“I’ve never played festivals of this size in my career so I just genuinely want to put on the best show for the people that come along.

“I know that money is a difficult thing and quite tight for people at the moment, so I want to help give them their money’s worth and be the best I possibly can be on the night, so that’s why I’m working so hard in the studio to make that happen.

To purchase tickets for any of the Summer Sessions line-up in Stirling this summer, you can visit smmrsessions.com.