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Now booking dates for MAIRI CAMPBELL throughout 2019 and onwards throughout 2020.
Available for concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the UK, Northern Ireland, RoI or world-wide.
MAIRI CAMPBELL, multi award-winning musician and singer is at the cutting edge of the Scottish folk scene. From dance musician to actress, visual artist and facilitator, she extends the boundaries of the tradition in Scotland and brings a powerful injection of deep craft, groundedness and spirit to her work.
After studying classical viola at the Guildhall School of Music in London (1984-1988), Mairi rapidly became an established and valued member of Scotland’s vibrant and renowned traditional music scene.
In 1991 Mairi met David Francis, who became her long term collaborator and husband, and formed a duo called ‘The Cast’ – with David on guitar and Mairi singing and playing fiddle. The Cast played in concerts and for dances in folk clubs and festivals across the UK and in Europe and North America.
In 2008, with two daughters now, Mairi and Dave began to explore new creative territories of songwriting (contributing songs to the folk canon such as ‘The Piper and the Maker’, ‘If I should meet my Maker’, ‘Smile or Cry’), theatre making and facilitation. David became the director of the Traditional Music Forum, supporting traditional music across Scotland while writing songs and theatre shows with Mairi.
Mairi and Dave co-wrote the songs for three music theatre productions with Youth Music Theatre UK and then wrote two music shows based on Mairi’s personal history (2010 – Red Earth; 2012 – Revival!) about Mairi’s mother’s missionary parents who lived and worked in China and, on her father’s side, about the Campbells: a Highland, Gaelic heritage with a rich yet uncomfortable mix of religion and music. Kath Burlinson, theatre-maker and director of both these shows was a catalyst for David and Mairi’s new direction. Her extensive experience in theatre and form combined with Mairi and David’s musical work quickly became an exciting and strong partnership.
After the ‘grandparent shows’ Mairi wanted to move on and develop three solo music theatre shows, this time based on her personal experience and its cultural and social resonances. She began to write and produce the music with producer and studio owner, Dave Gray of Sound Café. The Campbell-Gray partnership has continued to write the tracks which form the bedrock of the shows: Pulse (2016) and Auld Lang Syne (2018). A third is currently in development.
Mairi’s stage work is a unique, seamless blend of story, characters, live voice and viola, backing tracks and animations (not forgetting the large stone pendulum that swings on stage).
As can be seen from Mairi Campbell’s selected notable performances listed below, she has a solid and well-developed solo concert career. That, and her one-woman music theatre shows which have won much and wide-spread critical acclaim, has brought Mairi a steadily growing following of fans of her music and theatrical adventures.
1999 USA, Washington DC: Kennedy Centre – Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Featured soloist singing Auld Lang Syne with David Francis, as part of Sean Connery’s honouring.
The concert also featured Catherine Zeta Jones, Matthew Broderick, Herbie Hancock and Halle Berry.
2000 Canada, Cape Breton: Celtic Colours Festival
2007 Canada, Cape Breton: Otis Thomas’s Fiddle Tree project, Cape Celtic Colours
2009 UK: Featured vocal soloist with the Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carl Davis
2010 UK: Featured vocal soloist with the Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carl Davis
2017 USA, Boston: Featured vocal soloist in WGBH/ Brian O’Donovan’s Celtic Christmas show.
2017 UK: Performer, musician, composer with Barrowland Ballet’s production of ‘Wolves’ – contemporary dance theatre.
2017 Germany: Rudolstadt Festival (Mairi Campbell - Pulse)
Mairi’s solo concert career has taken her to festivals and concerts in …
Germany (1998, 2004, 2009 and 2018)
Denmark (2015 and 2017)
USA (2013 and 2017)
Canada, Celtic Colours Festival (2000, 2007 and 2015)
Scotland, Celtic Connections (2010, 2016)
England, Music Port (2017), Vaults Festival (2018)
Stage (music theatre)
2010 Red Earth - with David Francis, directed by Kath Burlinson
2012 Revival! - with David Francis, directed by Kath Burlinson
2016 Mairi Campbell: Pulse, co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson
2017 Wolves - Barrowland Ballet, directed by Natasha Gilmour
2018 Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne ,co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson
2008 - Mairi and David Francis’s version of the world-famous old Scottish song, Auld Lang Syne was used in a pivotal scene in the major Hollywood film, Sex and the City. One of the main characters in the film was portrayed by the Hollywood star, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was at the Kennedy Centre concert in 1999 (see above) and remembered The Cast’s impressive performance.
Quotes - Theatre
The overarching way in which she has used her understanding of the Scottish folk scene, music, and her own life, in the creation of Pulse, makes it unique. Campbell agitates at the forefront of this notion of combining art forms … (West Highland Free Press. Feb 2016: Joe Peach)
… a mesmerising performer with such a gift for accents and physical comedy that it’s easy to forget her main job is folk musician (The Scotsman: Andrew Eaton)
★★★★★ Bare and unabashed honesty … by the end of 'Pulse' you'll feel transformed. (Three Weeks)
★★★★ Subtle and evocative…a story with local and global resonance (http://www.alledinburghtheatre.com/)
★★★★★ Exquisite blend of skill, art, vitality and expression … Join [Campbell] and be uplifted (Musical Theatre Review)
Quotes for ‘Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne’
★★★★★ Campbell’s irresistible heart-harped love-letter to a song and her life is both melodic and a tribally primal skein of disparate threads – it rocks with the ages past and present, salves with cathartic balm (The Edinburgh Reporter)
Quotes - In concert
A concert with special magic
To experience Campbell live means variety throughout. Not even for the duration of three songs did this Scottish folk bard, born in Edinburgh, stick with the same sound. To begin with she captivated us with the fiddle, then she switched to keyboard before plucking her stringed instrument like a banjo (General Anzeiger, Bonn; May 5 2017).