Mairi Campbell returns to the Fringe with 5-star show featuring live music, animation and storytelling

Press release

Mairi Campbell’s critically acclaimed theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse is back for a second year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Following a successful run at Summerhall last year, the show, which sees Mairi sing, play viola and step dance, has a new and very natural home at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

“I’m over the moon to be at the Scottish Storytelling Centre this year,” said Campbell. “We’re right in the middle of all the action and it’s a brilliantly inspiring venue: contemporary, vibrant and steeped in Scottish culture. I can’t think of a better place for a show exploring its relationship with Scotland.”

Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson, Pulse is Campbell’s story of her musical homecoming. From rejecting her classical training to travelling through Mexico and Cape Breton, where she discovers Scottish traditions that have become lost in the ‘old country’, a personal and musical journey unfolds, taking her away from home in order to discover where she really belongs.

The show is deeply touching, funny and potent. Campbell’s grounded and compelling performance weaves viola, voice, animation and movement.

Location: Scottish Storytelling Centre Fringe, Netherbow Theatre
Dates: Thu 3 – Sun 27 Aug (not even days) at 5pm (55mins)
Price(s): £12.00 / concessions

Campbell is also doing two Fringe concerts at the Jazz Bar.

Location: The Jazz Bar, 1A Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HR
Dates: 4 & 28 Aug


Big Fringe news and more in Mairi’s June update…

Hi friends,

I’m really happy to announce that I’m doing 13 shows of Pulse at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, this time at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. I love doing the show and I can’t wait to be part of the Fringe again, it’s such a buzz.

The Storytelling Centre is right in the heart of Edinburgh, on the Royal Mile. Dave works there, as does Maria, the tech for Pulse, so we’ll be right at home!

The show details are:

Thu 3 – Sun 27 Aug (not even days) at 5pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre, £12/concessions

Here’s what the critics say about the show:

‘Mesmerising… an exhilarating blend of music, movement and animation’ (Scotsman).

‘Subtle, beautiful, evocative’ (

‘Bare, unabashed honesty… you’ll feel transformed’ (ThreeWeeks).

Pulse is co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.

Tickets went on sale this week and can be bought here.

I’m also doing acoustic music concerts on 4 and 28 Aug at the Jazz Bar, a great wee venue right in the heart of the city. I hope you can make it.

Jazz Bar tickets are on sale here.

To read the full June newsletter please visit

Germany, Taproot Festival and Fringe 2017 in Mairi’s May newsletter

Hi folks, I’m excited to be in Germany currently, about to kick off the tour. Stopping off today in Deventer to stay with Meg Macleod, an InterPlay leader who was just over in Scotland recently. Then it’s down to Wuppertal on Thursday for the first gig. I’m driving around the country with my gear in my Berlingo. Relying heavily on Satnav!
Below are the dates and venues. If you’re in Germany, hope to see you.

Much love.
M x

This is just an excerpt from my May 2017 newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. Please also note that the Taproot Festival on Lismore is happening 14-14 September and not on the dates stated in the newsletter.

Hi folks, the correct dates for the Taproot Festival on Lismore…

14-17 September.

We’ll distribute the beautiful poster when it’s been updated. But just wanted to let you know the correct dates asap.

Taproot Festival on Lismore

14-17 September, Isle of Lismore

The inaugural Taproot Festival on Lismore is taking shape and looking great, featuring Pulse, Liz Lochead, Norman Bissell, Donald Meek, Cera Impala, the Clincarts and more.

It’s going to be a brilliant weekend. Limited tickets still available at the Lismore Heritage Centre on 01631760030.

Pulse on tour – my March 2017 newsletter

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Hi folks,

Thank you to everyone who has come to see the show – the feedback’s been brilliant! So far I have been to Luing, Inverness, Banchory, Newton Dee and New Deer. 

A fair amount of the tour is happening in Aberdeenshire, where I am now. It’s a beautiful place of rolling hills, lots of farming, and the Doric, the rich local tongue. Loving this place. Tonight (23rd) I’ll be playing in Tullynessle then in Tarland on 24th. On 30th, I’ll be at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, which we’ll be live-streaming, internet connection permitting. I’ll send round the link nearer the time. And on 31st I’ll be in Benderloch.

Please pass on the word to friends in other places –  they might catch the show where they live. Tickets are on sale now… dates, venues and booking links below.

Mairi x

This is just an excerpt from my March 2017 newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here.