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
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’
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.
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: www.lismoremusicretreats.com
“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