From Edinburgh, Mairi is without question one of Scotland's most all-encompassing musicians. She works and performs in many fields and the list is breathtaking. As a singer she has been voted 'Scots Singer of The Year' in the annual Scots Trad. Music Awards, and the same awards gave her the accolade of 'Tutor of The Year' in 2012. Her residential fiddle schools on the island of Lismore are a highlight for many. As a composer of both songs and instrumental music she has been a Burnsong winner and has also won the Niel Gow Composition Award, and has also picked up 'Female Musician of The Year' from liveireland. She and husband Dave Francis have their own duo, The Cast, and they also are developing a strong song-writing partnership. Most recently Mairi has been developing a powerful and unique solo live improvisation ('Soundings') using both voice and instrument. And she is also a most accomplished stepdancer, as you can see on The Occasionals 'Home Footage' DVD part of 'The Full Set' release. As you might expect, Mairi's work has attracted something of a celebrity fan-base which includes Bill Clinton and Sean Connery, and in 2008 she caught the attention of Sarah Jessica Parker, who placed her version of 'Auld Lang Syne' in the pivotal scene of the blockbuster movie 'Sex and The City'. And in the classical world she's quite at home in an orchestra or chamber group as well - truly an all-rounder.
Most recently Mairi's 2 solo shows, 'Pulse' and 'Auld Lang Syne', have drawn rave reviews for their musical, emotional, and theatrical content. She is a musician who never stays still!
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