Mairi Campbell: Pulse

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.

Campbell’s grounded and compelling performance weaves viola, voice, animation, and movement. Deeply touching, funny, and potent.

Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson, with original music by Mairi Campbell and Dave Gray as featured in the album Pulse.

Pulse was showcased in Edinburgh in 2015 and at Celtic Connections in 2016. In 2016, the show ran for a full month at the Fringe to great critical and audience feedback. Mairi has toured the show around Scotland and has taken it to London’s Vault Festival. 

For bookings, visit the Contact page. For a Pulse marketing pack and high-res photos, visit Media & Promoters.


“visionary musicianship, distinctive virtuosity… life affirming for all of us” 


“Bare and unabashed honesty… by the end of ‘Pulse’ you’ll feel transformed”
Three Weeks*****

“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****

“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”****

“Pulse was extraordinary. We were full of tears and wonder. Thank you! Singing and tapping along to the tracks”
Lyre Production, Scottish film makers

“Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression… join [Campbell] and be uplifted”