We were delighted to be joined by renowned performer and composer Mairi Campbell for workshops and a concert on Saturday 2nd May as part of TradFest Edinburgh. Mairi's reputation as an influential Scottish musician has grown steadily throughout her career. Whether it’s the rugged beauty of a Highland tune, an improvised audience sounding’ over mesmeric viola and voice, or ballads and songs, Mairi digs where she stands, drawing on her deep well of Celtic ancestry to find music that is both ancient and new. Mairi’s knowledge stretches across the atlantic to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where she spent a great deal of time in the nineties and where she developed her technique in playing for step dancing and also learned to step dance herself.
Our event at TradFest titled ‘Stepping Across the Atlantic: A Journey in the Song, Music and Movement Traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton Step Dancing’ included workshops in puirt-à-beul (Gaelic mouth music) with Eilidh Munro, fiddle with Mairi Campbell and step dance with Sophie Stephenson and Màiri Britton followed by an open discussion exploring the history and revival of step dance in Scotland.
After a wonderful afternoon of workshops we sold out concert at the Chaplaincy and finished up with a slot at the Pleasance Theatre Festival Club which seemed to go to down a storm!
It was amazing to perform alongside the wonderful Mairi Campbell who has filled us with inspiration by her tremendous creative energy and groove! It was a really special moment in the concert when Mairi did an improvised sounding with the entire audience joining in with harmony.
A special thanks goes to St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy, Edinburgh for giving us the space to be creative and share music, song and dance together!