Cullah (Born Ian McCullough on April 27, 1991 in Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary musician and engineer who releases an album every year on April 27th since 2006. Each album reflects the eclectic musical styles that Cullah draws from – Cullah is a walking autobiographical journey of musical expression. With each revolution around the sun, Cullah explores and documents his human condition through various stories and song. Cullah finds his inspiration from in many places – you may find yourself moving from folk to electro house somehow seamlessly in a musical collage.
As a reflection of his life, Cullah’s music varies seamlessly between genres as a musical collage. He describes his pull towards music as “not a choice”, magnetic, and constant presence in his life. As a child, sharing a room with his epileptic brother, he would regularly enter into sleep-paralysis in his bed to cope. The haven of music within his mind provided him solace from the frightening fits of seizures his brother endured throughout the night. This connection with the dreamworld has allowed Cullah’s prolific 15 albums, one every year since he was 15.
Cullah describes his draw towards music as inherent to his being, perhaps even in his DNA. His grandfather, orphaned at a young age, would perform the fiddle in bars to make just enough money to eat that day. His mother, Mary, was one of seventeen children and she was one of eleven daughters – all named Mary (from Cullah’s grandfather’s devotion to Mother Mary). His grandfather told endless stories of divine visions and visitations from angels, many delivering music. Cullah’s two grandparents and seventeen aunts and uncles would participate in what Cullah’s mother claims was “the largest family band in American history”. In his mother’s womb, he toured the Midwest as she played her clarinet and tenor saxophone.
Cullah was born to the daughter of an Austrian gypsy-poet and the son of an Irish codebreaker. His mother was one of seventeen children in the Wolff Family Band and was classically trained in jazz music. His father is a mathematician and computer scientist raised on a Missouri farm, entranced with the Earth and the limits of the cosmos..
“You will be hard pressed to find any act, local or otherwise, that sounds like Milwaukee’s Cullah.”
– Breaking and Entering
“I’m not sure there is a better pure vocalist in Milwaukee (or possibly even in the 500 mile radius). “
“With a unique voice, eclectic palate and magnetic presence, Cullah is a standout and his progression as an artist has been manifold — in the studio and out.”
– Radio Milwaukee
“There’s something very special about Cullah that draws people to his music and makes his supporters stick around for the long haul.”
– Michele Rosado — Smoky Water Studio
“Cullah’s voice takes a turn into one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. I honestly don’t even know how to describe it.
– Girl at The Rock Show
Nominated for five 2017 889 RadioMilwaukee Music Awards
Album of The Year | Song of The Year | Best Album Artwork | Solo Artist of the Year | Independent Release of the Year
Nominated for five 2018 889 RadioMilwaukee Music Awards
Album of The Year | Song of The Year | Best Album Artwork | Solo Artist of the Year | Best Music Video
CULLAH & THE COMRADES
Cullah & The Comrades play a spectacle of Milwaukee strut -n- stroll rock -n- roll. Powerful soulful and funky riffs are to be had. The Comrades packs a punch and certain spectacular.