Mairi Campbell


Recent News:

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New album called ‘PULSE’  now available on itunes.    Daved Gray and Mairi are creating dubby, fearless music and with a touch of trad.
Here’s a link to  ’What the Devil ails ye’

Coming up!!  Mairi’s solo show ‘Pulse’ coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.   

Mairi Campbell is turning heads and hearts with her music.  She’s a musician who is digging deep, reflecting Scotland’s current dynamic energy through her fluid and articulate award winning songs and soundings.   Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune with abstract and mesmeric vocal explorations or a pulsing viola riff over a ballad, Mairi digs where she stands, drawing on her deep well of Celtic ancestry, creating music both ancient and new.


“Mairi, is a remarkable musician – an artist whose work transfigures consciousness”
Alisdair MacIntosh Author of ‘Soil and Soul’ 2012


Scottish Music Awards:

Campbell’s reputation as an influential Scottish musician has grown steadily throughout her career. She was awarded ‘Scots Singer of The Year’ in 2007 and ‘Tutor of The Year’ in 2011 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. In 2008 she won the Live Ireland Music Award for ‘Best Female Musician of the Year’, as well as the award for ‘Best Composition of the Year’. Her voice shot to fame when, in 2008, her version of Auld Lang Syne (with David Francis) was used in the soundtrack for Blockbuster movie ‘Sex and The City’. As well as an award winning folk musician and composer, Mairi is a natural improviser starting at the Guildhall with Peter Wiegold, and then crossing paths and being inspired by  Benno Plassmann (The Working Party), Kath Burlinson (Authentic Artist), Paul Ortal, Nancy Spanier.

‘Campbell’s voice can stop the clock’ – Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman.

‘Mairi is a remarkable musician- an artist whose work transfigures consciousness’ – Alastair McIntosh, Author of ‘Soil and Soul’.

Music camps

She founded her own music retreats on the Island of Lismore in 2007, where she enjoys being a part of nurturing participants musical yearnings and dreams.
“These weekends are sooo inspiring! No one else does it like you” – participant 2014

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“Campbell’s voice can stop the clock, and there is a pervading sense of renewal and even transcendence in this material”
Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman, 2007

“After so many years working in music isn’t it great when music yet again displays it’s power to shock and stun you and reduce you to tears.”
Tom Bancroft – musician 2013



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Review Dec 2013

I was playing at Penicuik folk club not long ago – a great wee club just outside Edinburgh.   Here’s a review of the night from Alan Murray.   Mairi was our “fairy on the Christmas tree” for 2013 and … Read More …

CampbellGray have made… ‘Pulse’

CampbellGray ‘Pulse’ is a collaboration between multi-award winning musician and composer Mairi Campbell and sound engineer/DJ David Gray of Sound Cafe Studios. ‘Pulse’ is a combination of Campbell’s ancient/traditional approach and Gray’s modern/electronic music, giving it a sound that is … Read More …

Mairi supports Joan Armatrading

What a night!  At the Usher hall supporting Joan Armatrading.   She had chosen our song ‘Portobello Sands’ as one of the winning songs to be showcased on her most recent tour.  We had a great chat on the day … Read More …