Congratulations to Mairi Campbell who have been nominated in Instrumentalist of the Year sponsored by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2015. Vote now!
We asked Mairi Campbell the following questions.
Tell us about yourself:
I’ve worked in music profession for twenty eight years, always blending performing, writing, facilitation and…bringing up a family.
I’m now up to seven albums which I can’t quite believe. I’ve co-written a few fine songs with David Francis; very few all on my own. Performed across the world. Sat in my studio hosting music retreats and in the same place – but different time, freaking out as I tried to find material for the new show!
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Because I love what it is and what it can do and what it does do!
I’ve always been interested in music and sound but in particular our traditional music. There’s something powerful and gravitational about the players and the music they play. I needed to pay attention to that so got into it. That’s the big picture.
My influences have been in classical, traditional and free improv music. The most recent work is really drawing on all these elements, which is deeply satisfying.
It’s also a great community of musicians here in Scotland, doing amazing work – like Simon Thoumire for instance!.
Such riches on our doorstep!
2015: Preview of ‘Mairi Campbell ‘Pulse’ preview in Edinburgh.
2008: Having my version of Auld Lang Syne’ placed in the pivotal scene of the blockbuster ‘Sex and the City’;
Plans for the future
To continue working with Kath Burlinson and create more shows. Continue working with Dave Gray on amazing new tracks…for other shows. Write loads of songs, learn to play the piano better.