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Mairi McGillivray is a Gaelic singer from the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. Mairi comes from a strong gaelic background and uses her heritage along with her dynamic range of musical influences to put her own style on songs from her tradition, performing in gaelic and other traditional styles.
Mairi has performed at various venues and festivals across the UK including, Celtic Connections, Jura Music Festival, Fèis Ìle, EDF and Under Canvas. Mairi graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 with a First Class Honours in Traditional Music. She also won a prestigious Danny Kyle Award in January 2021 and was a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2023
Mairi's Debut EP, "In My Mind", was released on the 15th of January 2021. The EP is formed of 4 tracks of different styles including one self penned song "Sea of Men" along with traditional gaelic and scots pieces. She was joined on the EP by some of Scotlands best young musicians, Seán Gray (guitar), Isla Callister (fiddle), Charlie Stewart (double bass), Graham Rorie (mandolin) and Paul McKenna (backing vocals).
"“Each [song] gives a glimpse into Mairi’s potential as a new major talent on the traditional music scene”
Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky
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