Mairi Campbell is a pioneering figure in Scottish music, turning heads and hearts with her music. Her solo concert sets range from traditional ballads to contemporary songs and improvisations. Masterfully weaving voice, viola, storytelling and improvisation, audiences are captivated by the power and simplicity of Mairi’s voice, musicianship and stage presence.
Her music is a response to personal stories, cultural concerns and the audience in the room in the moment.
She is the recipient of six national music awards including the Inspiration Award in 2018. In 2019 she was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
Her voice gained worldwide recognition when her version of Auld Lang Syne was placed in the pivotal scene of the blockbuster movie ‘Sex and the City’ in 2008. Director Michael Patrick King said:
“It’s just spectacular, because it’s more emotional than any other version of ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ It’s not quite as sad, it’s more female. It is magical and mystical and emotional and weird”.
For the past few years Mairi has been working with producer Dave Gray on conjuring up sounds that pulse between the ancient and shamanic, drawn from Scotland’s rock, soil and water, and the futuristic and electronic. She now brings together some of the country’s finest musicians to make up the Pendulum Band, bringing this music into the concert hall, bound together by Mairi’s voice and movement.
Ranging from the tender re-setting of Burns’s ‘Lea Rig’ to the pulsating, rhythmic whirl of ‘The Rough with the Smooth’, this is music to move your heart and your feet.
Mairi Campbell is a national treasureHugh Kerr, The wee review 2019
Consummate, visionary musicianship…a performer of vivid, distinctive virtuosityThe Herald
Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient and modern and life affirming for all of usThe Herald 2016
Mairi’s voice can stop the clockThe Scotsman
Mairi Campbell transcends the role of performer…her voice is like no otherEdinburgh Guide