Mairi Campbell


Mairi Campbell is turning heads and hearts with her music.  A unique and masterful performer, Mairi digs deep,  reflecting Scotland’s current dynamic energy through her fluid and articulate songs and improvisations.

Elemental meets traditional in Mairi’s sound world.  The rugged beauty of a Highland tune over mesmeric vocal and pulsing viola.  Mairi digs where she stands, drawing on her deep well of Celtic ancestry to find music that is both ancient and new.

Joan Armatrading recently asked Mairi to support her for her last major tour.

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

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


Coming soon!  Mairi’s new solo show ‘Pulse’ at 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Listen here

By Julia Fayngruen


CampbellGray album cover

New album ’PULSE’  now available on itunes.

Created by CampbellGray – David Gray and Mairi Campbell
Here’s a link to  ’What the Devil ails ye’

More here….soundcloud


Scottish Music Awards:

Campbell’s reputation as an influential Scottish musician has grown steadily throughout her career.  In recent years she has been awarded ‘Scots Singer of The Year’  and ‘Tutor of The Year’  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 was heard worldwide when, in 2008, her version of Auld Lang Syne (with David Francis) was used in the soundtrack for Blockbuster movie ‘Sex and The City’.

Mairi is a natural and experienced improviser and 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, but originally starting at the Guildhall with Peter Wiegold and Peter Renshaw’s pioneering course ‘Music Performance and Communication Skills’ in 1985.  This pioneering course, much visited and written about was ahead of its time in recognizing and investigating the skills, creative processes, and aesthetic approaches needed for young musicians emerging into the plural culture of today’ workplace.

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

Music camps

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

An intimate setting for her music facilitation which is deep, masterful facilitation that responds to individual creative exploration alongside effective and nourishing groupwork.
“These weekends are sooo inspiring! No one else does it like you” – participant 2014

More info:


“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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Mairi supports Joan Armatrading

  It’s her last major tour so very special to be asked.   This time for four gigs, all in Scotland.    It was the week after the referendum and my heart was still in my mouth, sore, yet also really … Read More …

CampbellGray make ‘Pulse’

CampbellGray   ‘Pulse’ is a groundbreaking new album by CampbellGray which is Mairi Campbell and David Gray,  sound engineer/DJ of Sound Cafe Studios. By combining their considerable talents, Campbell and Gray have achieved a sound that will draw any listener … Read More …


Here’s a review from Alan Murray of Penicuik folk club.   Mairi was a unique and very special guest.  I’d never heard Mairi on her own, so it was a bit of a revelation.   Swapping between viola, keyboard, voice and … Read More …