Congratulations to Campbell’s Ceilidh who has been nominated in Community Project of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Mairi Campbell of Campbell’s Ceilidh the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Welcome to Campbell’s Ceilidh online through Zoom, every Sunday at 7 (UK time) for the foreseeable future.
This is a place for family, friends and fans, where we share what we have and it’s appreciated. A new kind of place that holds the time-tested framework of a ceilidh from Mairi Campbell’s living room to yours.
Everyone is welcome, from all over the globe, and all music and styles are welcome too. Turns are around 3 minutes and there are chatrooms for sharing your news.
You’re welcome to just witness or come and play your fiddle, a song, a poem, something that resonates for you at this time.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I love it – simple as that. I’ve always loved traditional music – the sound of it, the dancing to it, the communities and history and life that it comes from.
Any particular career highlights?
Probably singing Auld Lang Syne for Sean Connery and that leading onto the song being placed in the movie ‘Sex and the City, to which we were amazed and so grateful!
More recently I’ve had a real buzz playing my solo shows ‘Pulse’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to venues up and down Scotland. I do hope we can get back to that.
What are your plans for the future?
We’re about to launch an online platform for workshops and teaching…very exciting. That’ll include a monthly online ceilidh – a bit like this one. Next Spring 2021 Dave Gray and I releasing a new album called ‘Storm’ on ‘Holy Smokes’ Record label. I’d like to make a show with that material. Things look good for the future. I’m confident about my work and loving being connected to so many people through Campbell’s Ceilidh.
Read more about Mairi Campbell
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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