Dear folks,

Apart from a couple of trips back South I'm staying up on Lismore for now. The calm and beauty here is in such stark contrast to everything going on. It's been very touching to hear musicians playing in response to the crisis in the Ukraine and it reminds me of how powerful music is for bringing people together.

There’s a blend of live and online events this month. More below. Hope you can join us. 

Mairi x

Join us for this month's online InsideOut Ceilidh on Tue 22nd March

Fabulous music from around the world... hosted by me from our wee haven Carnie Cottage.

This Ceilidh is a time-honoured practice of sharing what we have with one another… plus a bit of chat and news.

Happening Tuesday 22 March @ 7-9pm GMT, £2-12.50.

Get your ceilidh tickets

Join our weekly online fiddle class/session

I lead a fiddle class online every Monday at 7pm.

The class/session is for adult learners interested in learning Celtic dance music, slow airs and  waltzes.  
Who is it for?

  • Relatively new adult fiddle learners (at least two years of playing)
  • Fluid players wanting to develop their technique
  • Classical players wanting to try folk fiddling
  • Players wanting to widen their repertoire and general playing. I offer support for tone, bowing, left hand, rhythm and reading music and anything else that arises
  • Players wanting the convenience of staying at home while meeting other fiddlers from around the world
Find out more about Mairi's online fiddle class and book


"Mairi's slow sessions have been hugely inspiring and motivating! Taking tunes at a modest pace together with Mairi's exercises and hints has made an enormous difference not only to my repertoire but also to my technique. Playing with others from around the world is great fun.
Book your sessions

Across Womb Waters of the Sea: Stories, Music and Art for World Storytelling Day

Colourful drawing by artist Tamsin Haggis
Stories, Music and Art for World Storytelling Day with Dawne McFarlane, artist Tamsin Haggis and me

When: Sunday March 20, 3-4pm EST / 7-8pm GMT

Zoom link:

Pay what you can:

Lost to us are the old ways of meeting to tell and listen, tossed into uncertain waters of change. Reaching across womb waters of the sea, we find new ways being born and share them in our virtual gathering.

Original art Tamsin Haggis:

Our thanks to Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada and their funders

“Pull me up!”

Dave Gray and I made this song a couple of years ago but it's very appropriate for today I think. The video is made by Lorna Simpson who came up to Lismore for a few days and we had a great time pulling this together.  It also features in my most recent album 'STORM' which is the soundtrack to the giant puppet who walked round coastal towns and cities in Scotland throughout 2021.

Anyone wanting to, can show support through Ko-fi.

Lismore dance band

One of my dreams is to have a dance band here on Lismore of local musicians, and it is now actually coming together! This week is our second rehearsal, and I've spent the week making the sets and putting them up on my website. From here, anyone can learn them and if you come to visit then you can join us for a tune! 

You all have access to this resource too.  

password: Lismore21
Tunes resource

As always, all the best till we meet again.

Mairi and the team x

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