Mairi Campbell is an influential Scottish musician whose songs and soundings reflect Scotland’s dynamic energy.

Mairi digs where she stands, drawing on her deep well of Celtic ancestry to find rugged, beautiful and mesmerising music that is both ancient and new.

“Mairi is without question one of Scotland’s most all-encompassing musicians. She works and performs in many fields and the list is breathtaking”
Freeland Barbour

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

“After so many years working in music isn’t it great when music yet again displays its power to shock and stun you and reduce you to tears”
Tom Bancroft, musician, on hearing Mairi’s music

Mairi’s version of Auld Lang Syne (with David Francis) was used in the pivotal New Year’s Eve scene of the film ‘Sex and The City’.


Pulse the album: out now on iTunes

Mairi Campbell’s new album Pulse is now available on iTunes.

Pulse album cover




Pulse is a creation of CampbellGray – Mairi Campbell and David Gray




Listen to ‘What the Devil ails ye’ from Pulse on Soundcloud

What the critics say about Pulse the album:

“More chilled and hypnotic than Martyn Bennett, this music is for the blissed-out stage of the evening” 
Folk Roots

“A beguiling brew of folk and trip-hop… potent reminders of the rhythmic thrills of both traditional and modern dance music” 
The Musician

Buy the new album Pulse here on iTunes


Pulse the show: booking theatres now

Mairi Campbell’s new one-woman theatre show Pulse, directed by Kath Burlinson, tells the story of Mairi’s musical journey beginning with a painful end to her classical music training.

Mairi charts in Pulse a journey of discovery, which takes her to Mexico and Cape Breton, before returning home to the traditional music scene in Scotland. Campbell steps out on a quest to heal ancient wounds and to find Scotland’s pulse.

Pulse is deeply touching, funny and potent. Mairi digs where she stands, weaving live viola and voice with tracks from her latest groundbreaking album ‘Pulse’, as well as animation, movement and storytelling.

‘Wild, gentle, primal… and honest’   
The Herald

Youtube channel for Pulse..

What the audience said about Pulse the show:

“A complete experience

“I saw the spiritual root of Scotland which I’ve never seen before”

“Her depth of emotions stirred up a real response in the audience. I responded in a physically emotional way.”

Illuminating… showing how people are intertwined, connected, related”

Powerful. As if I was being invited on a deeply personal level to share.”

“Nearly brought me to tears so many times because I felt it was my own story. It’s everyone’s story.”

Mairi Campbell is to present Pulse in theatre venues around Scotland. Please contact us for more information and to book her.



In recent years Mairi Campbell has been awarded ‘Scots Singer of The Year’ and ‘Tutor of The Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. She has also won the Live Ireland Music Award for ‘Best Female Musician of the Year’, as well as the award for ‘Best Composition of the Year’.



Mairi is a skilled and experienced free improviser who has continuously developed her practice and found collaborators and mentors in this field, most recently working with Kath Burlinson (Authentic Artist)Paul Oertel and  Nancy Spanier. She originally started at the Guildhall with Peter Wiegold and Peter Renshaw’s pioneering course ‘Music Performance and Communication Skills’ in 1985.  This course, much visited and written about, was ahead of its time in recognising and investigating the skills, creative processes, and aesthetic approaches needed for young musicians emerging into the plural culture of today’s workplace.

Other influences are InterPlay,  Benno Plassmann (The Working Party),  and Sahaja Yoga.


Music retreats

In 2007 Mairi founded her own music retreats on the Isle of Lismore, Scotland.

Mairi’s retreats are intimate settings for her music facilitation.  She responds to and encourages individual and group creative exploration.  Depending on the desires and needs of the individuals,  the weekend may include singing together, playing tunes, technical help, trying out harmonies, holding a beat, playing with pulse, harmonising, song, footwork, techniques, creating a song… learning a tune, meditating. Mairi blends individual and group work to allow participants to deepen their artistry.

“I actually felt really freed up by the whole thing. Touching into that inner child place and letting her loose feeds into so much of my life”

“I went places with word, music and song where I have never gone before and wonder where to next. All of this due to your vision, sensitivity, hospitality and musical integrity, not always an easy path. Thank you”

“I felt very much that the way you ran the workshop gave me great freedom to explore some technical issues around my voice. Trust and support were built so that space cleared inside me, allowing my heart to connect to what felt at times like my authentic voice. No small thing”

“These weekends are sooo inspiring! No one else does it like you”

For more info and to book your place:



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