Mairi Campbell: Living Stone

Inspired by a 400-million-year-old quern stone discovered on her great-grandmother’s croft, this transformative blend of live music and storytelling from renowned Scottish performer Mairi Campbell is the final chapter of her Pendulum Trilogy.

Experience a transformative blend of live music, storytelling, and visual art as Edinburgh and Lismore-based musician Mairi Campbell debuts Mairi Campbell: Living Stone, the final chapter of her Pendulum Trilogy, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

About the show

Inspired by a 400-million-year-old quern stone discovered on Campbell’s great-grandmother’s croft on Lismore, Mairi Campbell: Living Stone explores themes of healing and self-discovery. 

This ancient stone is on stage with Campbell during the show, and its role in her journey of healing and self-discovery is woven throughout. 

Music, artwork and exhibition

Mairi Campbell: Living Stone features Campbell’s distinctive blend of live song and viola, rich sonic landscapes and evocative storytelling, as well as striking visual art, creating a rich, multi-sensory experience that highlights the mystery and beauty of everyday life. 

Ahead of the Fringe premiere, Campbell will release “Swim in the Ocean,” the first single from her upcoming new album, on Friday 21 June 2024 on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The new single and tracks from the album also feature in the show.

An exhibition of Campbell’s stone paintings will run concurrently at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, offering a visual exploration of the themes presented in the show. Each painting captures the intricate details and textures of the stone, symbolising the connection between past and present.

Themes and setting

Set on Lismore, Mairi Campbell: Living Stone  reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary. The show combines real and mystical elements, emphasising the importance of building and healing communities, as well as hope and connection. It also invites audiences to reflect on their own journeys.

Campbell said: “Living Stone is a deeply personal piece that speaks to the universal need for connection and wholeness. The ancient stone has guided me through my own journey, and I hope it can inspire others to find their path to healing and community.”

Presented by Greengold Projects and The Authentic Artist Collective and co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson of the Authentic Artist Collective. Produced by KT Producing. Music co-written and produced by Dave Gray. The shows in the trilogy are Pulse (2016) and Auld Lang Syne (2018).

For bookings, contact us. For a marketing pack and high-res photos, visit Media & Promoters. Tickets at scottishstorytellingcentre.online

“Clearing the well” A3 – acrylic on paper