Mairi Campbell


Mairi Campbell, Scottish singer and musician is turning heads and hearts with her music.
Elemental meets Traditional in Mairi’s sound world.  At times blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, with abstract and mesmeric vocal explorations or a pulsing viola riff over a ballad based on her own family history.  Mairi digs where she stands.  Drawing on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry she creates sounds and music that are at once both ancient and new.

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


Recent work

CampbellGray album cover

CampbellGray is born.  Her recent collaboration with David Gray, will result in an epic new album called ‘PULSE’  due for release in September 2014.   Daved Gray and Mairi are creating dubby, fearless music and with a touch of trad….and…well….you’ll just have to listen!
Here’s a link to a track ‘What the Devil ails ye’

In 2015, there’s also a show in the offing..featuring the music from Pulse….


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 an accomplished free improviser. She has studied and performed with Benno Plassmann (The Working Party), Kath Burlinson (Authentic Artist) and Peter Weigold (Guildhall) among others.

‘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

More info:

“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 …