Workshops and retreats

Throughout the year Mairi runs various workshops, which are designed to invigorate and awaken participants’ artistry. Most of Mairi’s workshops are happening online for now.

Mairi has an incredible ability to facilitate, support and encourage. Workshop participants get the chance to  expand and explore their own voices, playing and creativity, and have fun with others. 

Online fiddle class

Attending Mairi’s mixed-ability online adult fiddle class is a fantastic way to help foster a sense of community.

Classes are a flexible and affordable alternative to normal music lessons, allowing you to share a common music repertoire, improve and add new techniques and skills.

Classes cover the common tunes you’d find at a pub session in Scotland but we play them at a slow pace and several times so people can join in.

You’ll also get access to Mairi’s Tunes section. In there, there’s sheet music and you can slow down and loop the tracks, to learn them at your own pace.

When: Mondays 30th January to 20th March, 7-9pm. £12.50 per class or £85 for seven. To book, email

What participants say…

Lismore retreats – not happening for now but may resume

Mairi is an outstanding facilitator who brings her own unique approach to music teaching in her retreats.

Mairi’s music retreats are either run as fiddle or voice retreats, or occasionally both.

Her deep respect for Scottish traditional music sits alongside a gentle encouragement to find new pathways and sounds.

Retreats on the isle of Lismore are held at Carnie cottage, a traditional Highland cottage with a studio out the back.

Read the Herald’s review or Lismore FAQs.

Retreats and workshops can be booked through Mairi’s shop, plus find information about what retreats and workshops are coming up. You can also stay informed about the latest retreats and workshops by signing up to the mailing list.