Mairi Campbell: Pulse
“visionary musicianship, distinctive virtuosity… life affirming for all of us” The Herald
Mairi Campbell presents her solo theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse. This is the story of Mairi’s quest to heal cultural wounds and to “come home”. She weaves live viola, voice, animation, movement and storytelling with tracks from her latest groundbreaking album Pulse.
The show begins with Mairi feeling creatively stultified by her classical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She then travels to Mexico and Cape Breton before returning to Scotland to take up her bow in the traditional music scene. In the background is her love story with her husband and musical collaborator Dave Francis, who teaches her to play her first tune by ear.
Pulse is deeply touching, funny and potent. The show is a significant development in Mairi’s artistry and is performed with an incredible power, commitment and energy.
Pulse was showcased in Edinburgh in June 2015 and at Celtic Connections in January 2016. In August 2016, the show ran for a full month at the Fringe to great critical and audience feedback. Most recently, Mairi has toured the show around Scotland and has taken it to London’s Vault Festival.
Pulse is co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson of the Authentic Artist Collective.
“SO, IN THE HERE AND NOW, ON A STAGE BARE BUT FOR A ROUGH-HEWN PENDULUM – ITS FLAT STONE CULLED FROM HER FAMILY’S CROFT – CAMPBELL OPENS HER THROAT IN A SPIRIT OF BELONGING THAT IS ANCIENT AND MODERN, AND LIFE AFFIRMING FOR ALL OF US”
MARY BRENNAN, THE HERALD ****
“Bare and unabashed honesty… by the end of ‘Pulse’ you’ll feel transformed”
“A consummate musician, Mairi Campbell in her one-woman show Pulse reveals her formidable acting and storytelling talents as she explores the very essence of what it is to be a musician in this thought-provoking and moving journey”
Susan Nickalls, music critic
“A feast for the mind, as well as the eyes and ears. Challenging and inspiring. Made me want to dance (and I almost never dance!) and take up the fiddle again”
Richard Medrington, Puppet State Theatre Company
“Subtle and evocative…a story with local and global resonance”
All Edinburgh Theatre.com****
“MAIRI CAMPBELL IS A WOMAN WITH MORE MUSICAL ABILITY IN HER LITTLE FINGER THAN MOST OF US HAVE IN OUR ENTIRE BODIES”
“a mesmerising performer with such a gift for accents and physical comedy that it’s easy to forget her main job is folk musician”
Andrew Eaton-Lewis, the Scotsman
“There is no doubting Summerhall has a gem in Mairi Campbell’s show”
“This one woman show is truly unique”
Lyre Production, Scottish film makers