Mairi Campbell: Pulse

With viola, voice, storytelling: a quest to heal cultural wounds.

Greengold Projects and Authentic Artist Collective present

Award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents Pulse, her one-woman theatre show. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling it is the story of Mairi’s quest to heal cultural wounds.

From classical training at London’s Guildhall, to love and danger in Mexico and discovering step-dancing in Cape Breton. Campbell “becomes a bold chameleon in her own back-story, switching characters as she goes… On a stage bare but for a rough-hewn pendulum – its flat stone culled from her family’s croft – Campbell opens her throat in a spirit of belonging that is ancient and modern, and life affirming for all of us.” ★★★★ Herald

Pulse is touching, funny and potent with a universal truth.

“a mesmerising performer…an exhilarating blend of music, movement and animation” Scotsman

Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.

1hr 00m
The Vaults
11 Mar 18:10
Suitable For All / Family Friendly
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About the company

Mairi Campbell

Mairi Campbell is an influential and pioneering figure in Scottish music. Her music has a rooted and powerful quality and her musical interests are wide-ranging: from playing Scottish dance music to pushing the boundaries of the traditional music scene with her soundings and improvisations. Mairi was one of the first to introduce the viola as an effective aesthetic voice in Scottish traditional music, and to reintroduce solo step-dancing to Scotland in the early 90s.

In 2017, Mairi Campbell: Pulse was nominated for Event of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Before that, Mairi was named Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 and previously Scots Singer of The Year and Tutor of The Year. She has also received the Live Ireland Music Award for Best Female Musician of the Year and Best Composition of the Year.

Her voice was heard worldwide when her version of Auld Lang Syne (with David Francis as The Cast) was used in a pivotal scene in the film Sex and The City (2008). She has performed the song at the Kennedy Center Awards before President Clinton and at the Scottish Parliament. Mairi plays regularly with the Occasionals, Mr McFalls Chamber, and Concerto Caledonia,

Mairi is a skilled and experienced free improviser who has continuously developed her practice and found collaborators and mentors in this field. Most recently she has worked with Kath Burlinson (Authentic Artist Collective) and Paul Oertel and Nancy Spanier. She is also trained in InterPlay, a cross-form arts and community building practice.

Mairi studied viola at the Guildhall School of Music.

Artistic Team