Mairi Campbell


Mairi Campbell is a pioneering Scottish musician whose work is rooted in, and draws from, her personal stories and cultural concerns. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Mairi studied classical violin and viola in London. She toured Europe and Russia in the late 1980s with the Kreisler String Orchestra before shifting focus to the traditional music of her homeland, which she first heard at ceilidhs during summers spent on the Isle of Lismore in Argyll. After visiting Cape Breton in the early 1990s, she was fully hooked and has become an established member of Scotland’s traditional music scene, pushing the boundaries with her use of free improvisation, songs and stagecraft. As a solo performer Mairi blends viola, voice and keyboard with a range of music that goes from traditional ballads to her unique soundings. As an interpreter of Scots song, with David Francis, Mairi has contributed a significant number of songs to its current canon. She is the recipient of six national music awards including the Inspiration Award in 2018 and has received wide critical acclaim for her solo music theatre shows Pulse (2016) and Auld Lang Syne (2018). Mairi previously performed at Celtic Colours in 2009 and 1997.

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