Màiri Chaimbeul is a Juno-nominated harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A native Gaelic speaker, Màiri is known for her versatile sound, rooted in language and tradition, combined with a distinctive improvising voice and expressive rhythmic approach. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after almost a decade in Boston, MA, Màiri tours regularly throughout North America, the U.K., and Europe. Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with leading U.S./Scottish fiddler Jenna Moynihan, Canadian Folk Music Award-winning prog-trad group Aerialists, and the new improvised-music group Quilting. She is featured in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nicamhlaoibh’s BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port and has collaborated, recorded, and performed with a wide-range of artists including Darol Anger, Eleanor Buckland (Lula Wiles), Liz Carroll, Rose Cousins, and Bruce Molsky. Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival (U.K.), Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, WGBH’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota, and Celtic Colours, both with Aerialists and with Jenna Moynihan. Màiri was Berklee College of Music’s lever harp and Celtic music professor from 2018-2021, and maintains a small online private teaching studio as well as regularly teaching short courses and camps internationally. Màiri is a graduate of the Berklee College of music, where she was awarded the American Roots award, before joining the college’s faculty in 2018.
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