Mairi was asked again to supportย singer songwriter Joan Armatrading in concert, this time on the Scottish leg of Joan’s last major tour. Here’s what Mairi had to say about the experience.

“Recently Joan Armatrading asked me to support her in the Scottish leg of the tour. Fab! It’s her last major tour so very special to be asked. This time all the gigs were in Scotland which felt significant somehow. It was the week after the referendum and my heart was still in my mouth, sore, yet also really open. I loved every minute of the gigs; it’s great when you don’t think you’ve got anything to lose.

“I was pushing my edge, taking risks, but I wasn’t the only one. The audience met me. They sang and strongly responded to the songs and music: improvising in the moment, creating soundings out of songs, building up riffs in the room, holding sound in space, and it really worked. Joan’s masterful songs and powerful singing was what folk had come to hear, but I felt very honoured to be able to share the stage. Thank you Joan.”

Mairi also supported Joan in concert in 2012.