Mairi Campbell is a pioneering musician receiving critical attention for her remarkable singing, powerful concerts and unique solo music theatre productions that push the boundaries of Scottish traditional music. Her music has a rooted quality, encompassing wide-ranging interests from Scottish dance music to soundings and improvisations. Combining voice and viola, Mairi has been the recipient of six national music awards including Instrumentalist of the Year (2017), Tutor of the Year (2016) and Scots Singer of The Year (2008) at Na Trad Awards.
Her voice has been heard worldwide thanks to her version of Auld Lang Syne, with David Francis as the Cast being used in the pivotal New Year’s Eve scene of the blockbuster movie Sex and the City. Mairi’s portfolio encompasses concerts, music theatre productions and education work.
“… a mesmerising performer with such a gift for accents and physical comedy that it’s easy to forget her main job is folk musician.”
Mairi draws on her deep well of Celtic ancestry to find rugged, beautiful and mesmerising music in her concerts, whether that’s a solo or with a band. Mairi’s ‘consummate and visionary musicianship’ takes us from Burns to Bach and beyond. Her music, stagecraft and storytelling bring the audience profound feelings of Scotland and its vivid heartbeat.
In 2019 Mairi created The Pendulum Band, an extraordinary 10-piece music and dance ensemble playing choreographed gigs. With her two daughters and seven other amazing musicians, the Pendulum Band is one of Scotland’s most exciting new sound experiences!
“Campbell’s consummate, visionary musicianship… a performer of vivid, distinctive virtuosity”
Since 2016 Mairi and co-creator/director Kath Burlinson have created two solo multi-disciplinary theatre shows, Auld Lang Syne (2018) and Pulse (2016), as part of a trilogy. Mairi’s theatre work is a response to personal stories and cultural concerns and has received critical acclaim from press, audiences and artistic peers. They are planning to complete the trilogy by 2021.
Mairi is sought after as a composer for theatre and contemporary dance. Most recently collaborating with Barrowland Ballet on Wolves (2018), she has also composed for three large scale musical theatre productions for British Youth Music Theatre.
Facilitation, workshops and wraparound: Mairi’s facilitation offers participants playful and profound encounters with their innate creativity and musical desires. Through the tools of InterPlay, choir leading, voice work, fiddle teaching and movement, Mairi’s a sought after teacher. She’s taught across Scotland including Findhorn (EarthSings), Wellington, New Zealand (2019) and she was director and song arranger for Edinburgh’s folk choir ‘Sangstream’ from 2000 to 2012. She has a creative arts centre on the island of Lismore where she runs camps when she can.
“Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression…”
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