Mairi Campbell: Pulse

One musician’s extraordinary tale of finding her way back home

“So, in the here and now, on a stage bare but for a rough-hewn pendulum – its flat stone culled from her family’s croft – Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient and modern, and life affirming for all of us”
Mary Brennan, The Herald ****

The award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents her new solo theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse. Mairi steps out on a quest to heal ancient wounds and to “come home”.

In Pulse, Mairi sings, acts, plays and dances the story of her musical homecoming and journey of the heart. Mairi weaves live viola, voice, animation, movement and storytelling with tracks from her latest groundbreaking album Pulse.

The show, which is co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson, begins with Mairi feeling creatively stultified by her classical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She then travels to Mexico and Cape Breton before returning to Scotland to take up her bow in the traditional music scene. In the background is her love story with her husband and musical collaborator Dave Francis, who teaches her to play her first tune by ear.

Pulse is deeply touching, funny and potent.  The show is a significant development in Mairi’s artistry and is performed with an incredible power, commitment and energy.

Pulse was showcased in Edinburgh in June 2015 and at Celtic Connections in January 2016. In August 2016, the show then ran for a full month at the Fringe to amazing critical and audience feedback.

To book Mairi Campbell: Pulse for your theatre, or for more information, please contact Kate Taylor, Producer. Or check out the contact page for the Pulse marketing pack and brochure and for a Dropbox link to high-res Pulse photos.

“a mesmerising performer with such a gift for accents and physical comedy that it’s easy to forget her main job is folk musician” Andrew Eaton-Lewis, the Scotsman

“Bare and unabashed honesty… by the end of ‘Pulse’ you’ll feel transformed”  Three Weeks*****

“Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression…Join [Campbell] and be uplifted” Musical Theatre Review*****

“Subtle and evocative…a story with local and global resonance” All Edinburgh****

“There is no doubting Summerhall has a gem in Mairi Campbell’s show”****

Mairi Campbell is a woman with more musical ability in her little finger than most of us have in our entire bodies” Fest****

“This one woman show is truly unique”****

“A feast for the mind, as well as the eyes and ears. Challenging and inspiring. Made me want to dance (and I almost never dance!) and take up the fiddle again” Richard Medrington – founder, Puppet State Theatre Company

“Pulse was extraordinary. We were full of tears and wonder. Thank you! Singing and tapping along to the tracks” Lyre Production – Scottish film-makers

“A consummate musician, Mairi Campbell in her one-woman show Pulse reveals her formidable acting and storytelling talents as she explores the very essence of what it is to be a musician in this thought-provoking and moving journey” Susan Nickalls – music critic

“It’s a masterpiece. I experienced so many emotions throughout” – Audience member

Support Mairi and Pulse

I have been making and playing music professionally since 1990. I make music however, wherever and whenever I can. My songs and music reflect my love of Scotland, this land, its energies and concerns. Much of my music has happened within the Scottish folk scene at a community, local and grassroots level.

I’ve been very grateful for Creative Scotland’s support over the years. They funded the making of Pulse and other projects, but public money is now scarcer. Your pledges help me continue to make music and bring art to communities in Scotland and further afield.

I’m incredibly grateful! 



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Or you can support me the old-fashioned way by sending a cheque to: Mairi Campbell, Greengold Projects, 214 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 2AU