Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Summerhall, the Old Lab

August 3-14, 16-21, 23-28

2.25 – 3.20 pm

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Award-winning musician Mairi Campbell presents Pulse, her first one-woman theatre show – the story of her musical homecoming, a journey of the heart and quest to find her pulse. Co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson.

“consummate, visionary musicianship… a performer of vivid, distinctive virtuosity” – Mary Brennan, The Herald

“A consummate musician, Mairi Campbell in her one-woman show Pulse reveals her formidable acting and storytelling talents as she explores the very essence of what it is to be a musician in this thought-provoking and moving journey” – Susan Nickalls, music critic


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 won Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She has previously won 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 for Best Composition of the Year.

Mairi’s 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. Mairi also runs music retreats on the isle of Lismore.

“her voice can stop the clock” – The Scotsman

“consummate, visionary musicianship” – The Herald


What the devil ails ye

by Mairi Campbell and Dave Gray | Pulse

She is waiting

by Mairi Campbell and Dave Gray | Pulse

Portobello Sands

by Mairi Campbell and David Francis | Mairi Campbell

Mairi’s art

Mairi is a viola player, a singer and a songwriter whose music has a rooted and powerful quality. She is also a mum, a wife and a sister, who enjoys Scottish dancing, cooking, meditating, drawing, and more. For her theatre show Mairi Campbell: Pulse, Mairi put pen to paper to create the dot drawings that are beamed on stage throughout the piece. Prints of these beautiful dot drawings are also for sale in Mairi’s shop, alongside her music. You can also reserve your space on a Lismore music retreat via the shop.


Contact Mairi

If you would like to book Mairi Campbell: Pulse for your theatre, book Mairi for a gig, festival or workshop, interview Mairi, or just say hi, please do get in touch with Mairi or one of her team.