WINTER WORKSHOP WEEKEND: Tunes From The Scottish Highlands

WINTER WORKSHOP WEEKEND: Tunes From The Scottish Highlands

  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • International
  • School of Music workshop

A dynamic and versatile musician, Màiri, from the Isle of Skye in Scotland is making her name at the cutting-edge of the contemporary traditional music scene. Having made her home in Boston, she tours internationally with fiddler Jenna Moynihan, progressive-folk band Aerialists, Darol Anger & The Furies and the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio. Though Màiri’s influences are wide-ranging, she is a native Gaelic speaker and is deeply rooted in the music and song of the highlands of Scotland. Join her for an afternoon learning a melody or two from the Scottish Highlands, with some discussion of the tunes’ background as well as style, ornamentation and phrasing. All instruments are welcome and the workshop will be taught by ear, so students are encouraged to bring their recording devices.

This workshop will be held from 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Màiri Chaimbeul

  • Acoustic
  • Celtic
  • Folk
  • International
  • Roots
  • Trad

Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Described by Folk Radio UK as “astonishing”, she is known for her versatile sound, which combines deep roots in Gaelic tradition with a distinctive improvising voice and honed classical technique.

Màiri tours regularly throughout the UK, Europe and in North America. Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Hillside Festival (Canada), WGBH’s St Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota.

Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with fiddler Jenna Moynihan, progressive-folk group Aerialists, the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio, and with legendary violinist Darol Anger & The Furies. She is featured in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh’s BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port.

Màiri was twice-nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, finalist in the BBC Young Traditional & Jazz Musicians of the Year and twice participated in Savannah Music Festival’s prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where she attended with full-scholarship, and was awarded the prestigious American Roots Award.

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