We’re in the midst of week two of a three week rehearsal process for Wolves. It’s so wonderful I can’t quite believe it. Dancing and being in the show with my daughter Ellen is a special feeling.
Come and see us…
Barrowland Ballet present Wolves 2:30pm & 7.30pm, Saturday 17th February | The Studio, Potterrow, Edinburgh TICKETS HERE
Developed from the original five star production, Wolves explores the stories that have been told through time to different generations, keeping us all in place.
How dangerous is it to stray from the path, and who is it dangerous for?
“typically bold and uplifting…Superbly life-affirming and hugely moving” ★★★★★ The Herald
Performed by an intergenerational cast of nine dancers with live music by Mairi Campbell set to an evocative score by Luke Sutherland and Dave Gray.
“At the heart of the piece is the interplay between being guided to the right path through life and the need to choose your own way. Not to invalidate advice or guidance given by others but to acknowledge that ultimately we must make our own choices.” Natasha Gilmore
“inventive and uplifting production…an achievement throughout” ★★★★★ Plays To See
We are also touring to Stirling, Inverness, Musselburgh and Paisley. Tickets including for Edinburgh are available here.
Currently in Australia, with Danish band Himmerland, having a great time at the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania. Then we’re on to Illawarra Folk Festival in New South Wales where the weather will hopefully be less cold and wet. Didn’t bring enough warm clothes!!
It’s already looking like a full year ahead…
Very excited to announce that Kath Burlinson and I are creating a new show – Auld Lang Syne – which we’ll open at 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lots to do between now and then but it’s feeling juicy. More to follow as the show unfolds.
My other big announcement is that Pulse’s London premiere will be at VAULT Festival, London’s most exciting theatre festival, in March. This is the first time I’ll be playing solo on this scale in London. Please come and say hi and take the opportunity to see some of the 300 shows exploding across this festival of festivals. Tickets for Pulse available here.
Back home at the end of January, it’s straight into rehearsals forWolves, which we’re taking to Edinburgh,Stirling, Inverness and Paisley in February. Very stimulating to continue this work with choreographer/ director Natasha Gilmore and dramaturge Candice Edmunds, and absolutely loving working with my daughter Ellen, one of the show’s dancers. I thought we’d be arguing all the time, but it’s been great and Ellen is picking up the moves a lot quicker than me!
Also still a few spaces left for my Songcraft and Singing Workshop with Cera Impala on Lismore in June. More info here.
READ THE FULL JANUARY NEWSLETTER HERE – INCLUDES DETAILS ABOUT VAULT, WOLVES, LISMORE AND MORE
The course will give you the tools to kickstart your songwriting and take it to a whole new level. Our camp creates the perfect conditions for your creative cooking: peaceful, supportive and inspiring.
Mairi Campbell’s facilitation is influenced from her work as a singer, performer and she also uses InterPlay tools for creative exploration with all participants.
Mairi supports your voice wherever it is, whether it’s technical support, making your song your own or building confidence.
Cera Impala is a prolific and active songwriter and performer . She has a solid understanding of song form which she communicates clearly while offering a fun and a fresh approach to songwriting. She also makes a great chilli!
Mairi and Cera share the cooking with help from participants. There will also be opportunity to professionally record your songs at a local recording studio.
Carnie cottage, on the Island of Lismore, is Mairi’s family home. There is a cottage where we eat and a studio where we do the work. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to explore the island, connect with the ancient history and vibe of the place, and write a song a day!
The participants will be all staying at the new bunkhouse situated in the neighbour’s croft behind Carnie Cottage. Ferries to the island leave from Oban (car ferry) and Port Appin (passenger ferry only). We are situated in the centre of the island.
Quotes, reviews and highlights from the 2017 course:
“The improvisation exercises were a revelation, opening up new ways of co-operating and creating.”
“Lismore is an ideal setting, and the studio is a beautiful space. The accommodation and relaxed atmosphere open up opportunites for creative collaboration “
“Hearing other people’s work and learning how they create songs was wonderful and inspiring.” Supporting each other to be with so many challenging emotions and to bring them into our work.”
“Arriving on Lismore, and having the afternoon free, I wandered down to the bay at Sailean. It was beautiful and peaceful, with a whole bunch of wildlife to enjoy.
“The house ceilidh on the Friday night was a definite highlight, with a lovely atmosphere in the cottage. It was great to hear everyone’s new songs, and meet a few of the locals.”
“The first dinner was a fantastic time of getting to know each other and getting us all ready for the week ahead.”
“The whole vibe at the course was really quite something – it seems very rare to find such an atmosphere of support, encouragement and positivity. The course nudged me out of my comfort zone, and inspired me to have a more open-minded approach to creativity.”
“Mairi and Cera’s styles are quite different, but combined well to create a wonderful and varied week.”
“A potent brew of scrummy food, a beautiful island, excellent accommodation and highly skilled and caring facilitators.”
“Great group work activities, learned a lot from facilitators and other participants”
“Excellent team work by Mairi and Cera. Their workshops on voice work and creative writing, beautifully complimenting each other.”
“Hospitality superb, a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere cultivated, creating an optimum learning experience.”
Hi folks, I’m currently in Boston where I’ll be for the next few weeks.
I’m playing Pulse at Turners Falls in Massachusetts on 1 and 2 December – an invitation from the theatre company Serious Play in Northampton, MA. Tickets available here. I hooked up with Serious Play a couple of years ago when they presented guitarist John Sheldon’s show ‘The Red Guitar’ at the Edinburgh Fringe. John, who was given his first guitar by James Taylor (!), presents a wonderful story. Not to be missed when he’s back at the Fringe in 2018!
While I’m out here, I’m also featuring in the 15th annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, singing Auld Lang Syne along with a host of well known and less well known Christmas songs. Scottish composer Ali Burns’s song The Holy Holly will also be featured along with some wonderful jigs, reels and stepping. It’s a spectacular show! Can’t wait.
So, I’ve had a great year in many ways – making shows, playing gigs, exploring new edges and performance opportunities. Politically this country feels like it’s in meltdown but personally my tenacity and love of life and music has never been stronger.
Looking to 2018, in January I’ll be playing in Australia with Himmerland, then back with Barrowland Ballet for Wolves in Spring, singing and playing again, but this time with my daughter Ellen! A very special opportunity for us both. I’ll also be taking Pulse to London.
But more than anything, I’m excited about the new solo show that I’m working on, which will be ready for a full run at Edinburgh Fringe 2018. It promises to be funny and not a little enlightening about a song that so many know but few understand… a syne of the times?!
Go gently dear folks and hope to see you in 2018, if not before then.