Activate your curiosity, come see Pulse at the Fringe!!

Hi friends, we’re a week into the Fringe run now, with the next show at 5pm today…

Somehow during Pulse recently, the head and the heart are on the same page, or at least closer…  Such a subtle thing acting and performing. When everyone I’m hanging out with in this show is a figment of my imagination, I can feel that it really works when I’m properly present – in the situation – it’s a great test of presence. I’m also loving playing viola, both folk and classical.

Additional positives: producer Kate’s foot seems better and her wee boy Toby is a pal. Maria, technician, has been playing a blinder, and Christine Sparks and John Sparks came with glorious offspring. Thanks all!

Tickets still available for all shows. Competition ferocious. It’s easy to think that everyone else’ll be going… it’s not like that! Please activate your curiosity if you haven’t already! And thanks to everyone who has made it so far. 

We’ve also made pick of the Scotsman, Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe and Music Theatre’s top 10 show for 2017! Please spread the word of this 5-star show!!!


Event information

Thursday 3 – Sunday 27 Aug (not even days)
at 5pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre
£12 / concessions

Pulse is co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson


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A shameless Fringe plug and a FREE TRACK FROM PULSE in Mairi’s July update …

Hi friends, this month’s newsletter is a shameless plug for my shows at the Fringe and for Lismore’s Taproot Festival. I’m celebrating by giving away a free track from the album Pulse, at the end of the newsletter.

Currently on tour with the Danish band Himmerland and we’ve been hanging out with Puffins on the remote Faroes island of Mykines the last two days. The boat couldn’t get back for us due to rough seas but eventually it managed to make it.

Today is national festival day so we have a couple of performances around the capital Torshavn. We are a real mixup… a Dane, a Pole, a Ghanian, a Swede and a Scot. Lovely folks, very caring and kind and with wives, partners and old pals attached – it’s quite the community. Puts music in its right place amongst people.

Some photos of the trip below.

From here Pulse feels like miles away but I know its really NOT!! So looking forward to getting stuck in to another Edinburgh festival and seeing where Pulse takes us… maybe back to the Faroes!!

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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.

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