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, which combines voice and viola, has a rooted quality, encompassing wide-ranging interests from Scottish dance music to soundings and improvisations.
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. In 2019 Mairi was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
“… 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 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.
Most recently Mairi has created the Pendulum Band, an extraordinary 10-piece music and dance ensemble playing choreographed gigs. Featuring her two daughters and seven other amazing musicians, the Pendulum Band is one of Scotland’s most exciting new sound experiences. If you would like to book Mairi, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
“Campbell’s consummate, visionary musicianship… a performer of vivid, distinctive virtuosity” THE HERALD
Mairi has started hosting a weekly online global gathering of songs, tunes, poems and offerings from friends, fans and family.
Sundays at seven (UK time).
The weekly lineup includes friends and musicians from around the world who Mairi has had precious encounters with on stages, in living rooms and on courses over the years.
The Zoom setup doesn’t allow for conversation style chat for large numbers, which a ceilidh is full of. So we do a mix of turns of music, poems and tunes and ‘breakout rooms’ for chat.
While the air is thick with illusion we’ll cut it with a ceilidh
and let song, tune and story fill our air for a while.
What the devil ails ye
“Mairi Campbell is one of the most fascinating women on the planet and one of the most interesting folk musicians / singers ever”
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. She has collaborated with Barrowland Ballet on Wolves (2018) and has composed for three large scale musical theatre productions for British Youth Music Theatre.
“Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression…”
MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW
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 is a sought-after teacher. She has taught across Scotland including at Findhorn’s EarthSings, and recently in Wellington, New Zealand. She was director and song arranger for Edinburgh’s folk choir Sangstream from 2000 to 2012.
She has a studio on the island of Lismore where she runs workshops and retreats when she can.
“Contemplative, inspiring, homely and fun” PARTICIPANT
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Mairi is also extremely grateful for donations. Your support helps her to make music and bring art to communities in Scotland and further afield.