Mairi Campbell – press information


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Mairi Campbell’s biography


From her base in Edinburgh Mairi Campbell has worked all over the world and won many awards for her songs and masterful musicianship.

As singer, violist and songwriter, Mairi shares songs and soundings,  some improvised and some set into song


‘Scots Singer of the Year’  (Scots Trad Music Awards)

Tutor of the Year – 2012 (Scots Trad Music Awards)

Female Musician of the Year (LiveIreland);

Burnsong winner

Neil Gow Composition- awarded overall winner

Contact Mairi Campbell

Contact Mairi at or call 07988 894 334


  • Solo concerts 
  • Revival and the Red Earth – show with David Francis


Mairi’s most recent work is getting some powerfully positive responses:

“Mairi’s voice should be listed” MW, Scotland

“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

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

“I am writing to thank you for the most wonderful evening I can ever remember which was yesterday in Cullipool Hall”.  Hugh Gray

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

“In listening to the arrangement unfold I find myself lost in the story you’re telling and overwhelmed by the emotion of your delivery”.  GH, Taxi A&R company, USA


”I felt a peaceful for the rest of the week after hearing Mairi perform.”  ’Kandinsky in Govan’ conference, 2011

“Loved your album. It was a pure joy to listen to” - Music news Scotland, album of the week.


Revival and The Red Earth

Performed to acclaim around Scotland, Mairi and David Francis present their double-bill Revival! and The Red Earth which tells the tale of some of Campbell’s forebears through song and story.
  ’Revival’ revolves around the life of her grandfather, a herd boy from Argyll, who gave up his passion for music and dancing to join the Faith Mission in Scotland and went on to play a key role in the Lewis Revivals – a mysterious ‘moving of the spirit’ among the people in the early 1950s.
By contrast, The Red Earth is about her great grandfather John Anderson, a Scottish missionary in China in the 1890s and her maternal grandmother, Marjorie, who made a long and tragic journey to Scotland from China in the 1940s.

Mairi works with David Francis who is the lyricist in their songwriting partnership. They both penned the songs for Mairi’s debut album in 2011 and have been creative partners since 1992.  With two musicals (Youth Music Theatre 2011/12), five albums and many private commissions, Mairi and Dave are considered two of Scotlands’  finest songwriters with a strong catalogue of material.
Mairi Campbell, Scots folk singer, fiddle and viola player


Mairi is a popular and skilled teacher and facilitator.  Since 1994 she has continuously taught classes in fiddle, step dancing and the last ten years has been the musical director of Sangstream, a folk-song choir based in Edinburgh.  Through her popular classes and camps she nurtures and supports the essential grassroots of traditional music, song and dance in Scotland.

In 2007  Mairi founded her own music camps, the  Lismore Music Retreats,  based on the Island of Lismore on the West coast of Scotland. She works with adults, accessing and nurturing their artistry through traditional music, free improvisation, movement and song.

To find out more about Mairi’s courses go

What folk say about the Lismore Music Retreats:
“Just a big thank you for a wonderful weekend!! Everything from the music, to the advice & guidance, to the company, to the island, to your hospitality made it a special time.”
“The work we did was fun, interesting and varied.  Everyone learned a lot about technique. Not just from our individual instruction but also from listening to the teaching points of all the others. We all identified with the strengths and weaknesses within the group.”

“We loved the ceilidh with your family and neighbours. It allowed us all to put our skills into practice and contribute to a very happy evening.”Mairi Campbell, Scots singer, fiddle player and violist phone book and it would sound compelling

“One of the things I really enjoy about your teaching is the amount of attention you give to individuals, and specific areas that will help their playing. To me, it’s one of the most useful ways of learning. And I’m always impressed by the way you give clear feedback in a way that’s so positive and encouraging”

“Mairi is an exceptionally gifted woman, she sings from her soul and touches mine with the deepest tenderness” – LB,   Authentic Artist Collective.

To book Mairi for concerts and workshops, email or call 07988 894 334

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