As a solo performer, Mairi Campbell is turning heads and hearts with her music. In her solo concerts, Mairi masterfully weaves voice, viola, storytelling and improvisation. Audiences are captivated by the power and simplicity of Mairi’s voice, musicianship and relaxed stagecraft. Her performances carry various influences: traditional, elemental, classical, free improvisation and songwriting with David Francis.
Highlights of Mairi’s career include supporting Joan Armatrading in concert (2015) and performing at Mission (Canada), Warwick and North Sea Folk festivals.
She has toured solo in England, Denmark, Germany and Norway.In 2008 Mairi’s version of the song Auld Lang Syne featured as the soundtrack in a pivotal sequence in the blockbuster movie Sex and the City. She has performed the song at the Scottish Parliament and also at the Kennedy Center Awards with President Clinton in the audience. In 2017 Mairi appeared in the Celtic Christmas Soujourn show in Boston, MA, USA.
PULSE AND AULD LANG SYNE – theatre shows
In more recent years Mairi has used her musical and songwriting skills to develop into a talented and critically very well regarded creator of what might best be described as musical theatre.
Mairi and Kath Burlinson (director) have created a one-woman music theatre show Pulse which played two full three-week runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2016, 2017) receiving five-star reviews. Pulse, was nominated for Event of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards Pulse has been invited to perform in Massachussettes USA in 2018.
In 2018, Mairi will premiere her new solo music theatre show Auld Lang Syne at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Her new theatre show, Auld Lang Syne, had a successful three-week debut run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018.
Mairi is a viola player, singer and songwriter whose music has a rooted and powerful quality and who continues to push the boundaries of the traditional music scene with her soundings and improvisations. She was one of the pioneers to introduce the viola as an effective aesthetic voice in Scottish traditional music as well as reintroducing solo step-dancing to Scotland in the early 90s.
Mairi’s musical life is full and busy – she plays regularly with Mr McFall’s Chamber (well-known classical and cross-over small orchestra), Caledonia Concerto, the Occasionals Ceilidh Band and was musical director of the Edinburgh-based folk-choir Sangstream for 12 years; she is considerable demand as a session musician.
Tickets on sale now at www.lancaster.gov.uk/mairi-campbell