Hi folks,
A love story...

Some people have said to me that Pulse is really a love story – about falling in love with Scotland, her culture and traditions. It is – although that sounds a bit rose tinted and heritagy, but I do love this place in all its gnarly warm-heartedness.  
With that in my mind, I’m looking forward to kicking off this Scottish tour of Pulse (co-devised and directed by Kath Burlinson), driving around, seeing the different landscapes, getting a feel for the pulse of each area, meeting people in different communities, hearing their stories and sharing mine.
The Pulse programme will have a good bit of information about what's going on in Scotland if you want to get involved: step dancing classes, courses, festivals and more about the amazing new initiative, the People's Parish... thank you to TRACS for donating money for a nice programme! 

The tour starts in Luing on 10th March, thanks to Norrie Bissell and Brigid, who are organising it and were integral in getting the gorgeous Atlantic Island Centre up and running.
Then it’s across the country to Eden Court in Inverness on 16th March. My mum was brought up in Kincraig. That's where her mother, Marjorie Anderson, got the job as the primary teacher after returning to Scotland, a new widow, from her missionary life in China. 1940. My mum died of cancer in 1999 and whenever I travel up the A9, I stop off at Kincraig and visit her at their graves. Then, at Dunkeld, I might pop in and visit Hamish and Finn Moore if they're up there making pipes. Looking forward  to seeing some pals en route and meeting new ones.
Please pass on the word to friends in other places -  they might catch the show where they live. Tickets are on sale now, in case you needed a nudge… Dates, venues and booking links below.
As the character of Margaret Bennett says in the show: “Fall in love with Scotland, Mairi. You can take your time…” Will you join me?
Pulse Scotland tour dates

Atlantic Islands Centre Luing
01852 314096 /
Eden Court Theatre 7.30pm
01463 239841 / tickets online

The Barn 7.30pm
01330 825431 / tickets online

The Phoenix Arts Centre, 7.30pm
01224 868701 / tickets online

New Deer Public Hall
01771 644217 / tickets online

Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
019755 63154 / tickets online
MacRobert Memorial Hall
tickets online

Storytelling Centre 7.30pm
0131 556 9579 / tickets online

Mull Theatre, 8.00pm
01688 302211 / tickets online

Beacon Arts Centre 8.00pm
01475 723723 / tickets online

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
The CatStrand theatre. 7.30pm
The Theatre Royal 7.30pm
01387 253383 /
For a full list of my upcoming gigs visit:
The Limerick trip

I had such a gorgeous time in Limerick at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance recently. I spent a few days there with Concerto Caledonia on the invite of Mats Melin, showcasing Scottish music and performing Pulse. There are some incredible people at the academy, making some very interesting art and looking for ways to express their stories and collaborate. Thank you for such a fantastic welcome!
Interplay Workshop in Edi

Hey! all you arts leaders, artists, change makers, musicians, health workers, creatives, I highly recommend this workshop. Interplay has given me some great tools to support my teaching and facilitation. I like the incremental frameworks - strong, safe and fun frameworks that make the ordinary extra-ordinary!

I’ll be leading the workshop alongside European Interplay leaders Meg MacLeod, Sophia van Ruth, Annegret Zander and Bernhard Staudt. Hope you can make it along - you choose how much you can afford to pay – between £90 and £140 – for the weekend.   

When: April 7 – 9th 2017
Where: Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU 
More info:
The People's Parish
I think we’re witnessing the start of something really interesting with the People’s Parish, which my husband David Francis and the team at TRACS have been working on for the last few months.

Here's a bit more from Dave about it all:

The People’s Parish aims to enable people to shape and share the story of their own community, to find meaning in it by combining local stories, traditions and cultural memory with local creative voices.

The inspiration for the initiative came from the Statistical Account of Scotland, which began over two hundred years ago at the close of the eighteenth century, when Ministers of every parish in Scotland were asked to write a detailed account of the state of their parish.

In the modern version we feel the story should be told not by a few professionals or central institutions, but by the people who live and work in each of Scotland’s 871 ancient civil parishes.

The aim of the People’s Parish is, in short, to produce 871 pieces of community-generated artwork in any medium and any genre.

The result will not only be a local resource, but also a multi-faceted and evolving mosaic of humanity and nature in Scotland as a whole, in the first third of the new century.

if you have an interest in community and local culture you might be interested in participating in the initiative's launch day on March 25th at the Scottish Storytelling Centre – details here. Or for more information visit
A few other gigs and events...

Aside from Pulse, there are a few other gigs and projects coming up.

25th Feb, Edinburgh
The Audacious Women Festival is taking place in Edinburgh from the 18 - 26 Feb. Break down personal, political or institutional barriers, and celebrate audacious women everywhere. I’ll be kicking off the party this Saturday (25 Feb) and inviting audience participation. Tickets for the party are available here.
1st March, Irvine
Mairi Campbell in concert at Irvine Folk Club for the Irvine Folk Festival
3rd March, Glasgow
Broompark Teaparty presents...  RSVP to starts at 8pm.

8th March, Edinburgh
Mairi Campbell & special guests at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Tickets and more info
18th & 25th March, Glasgow and Greenock
Wolves by the Barrowland Ballet:
Tramway, Glasgow
Saturday 18th March 2017
3pm & 7pm Tickets
Beacon Arts Centre
Saturday 25th March 2017
7pm Tickets
Hope to see you soon.

Take care,

Mairi xx
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