From her beginnings as a viola player, Mairi Campbell’s musical questing has taken her to folk song, traditional fiddle, composition, song-writing and improvised sounding to her present creative place which blends and transcends the skills she has acquired in all of these areas.
A performance by Mairi Campbell today takes her listeners on a journey with waypoints that include her own and a careful selection of others’ songs (with audience participation), improvised vocal and viola, Scottish dance tunes, and passages of Bach.
Mairi Campbell’s impact on Scottish music has been considerable, from her time as half of The Cast, as a go-to session musician, as a fiddle teacher, and as a fearless experimenter with sound. She has worked across the sector with everyone from folk singer Dougie MacLean to Katherine Jenkins, improvisation troupes, The Working Party and Scottish dance band The Occasionals. Her work has been acknowledged through her numerous awards and her 2019 induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.