The Dead Stations launch tour

We are excited to announce the dates of our 2016 Dead Stations launch tour featuring Mairi Campbell:


Mike Vass
Winner of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ title at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012 and nominated ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2014, Mike has been described as ‘one of the most original composers working in the field of acoustic music’ (Richard Lindsay, Ullapool Guitar Festival). He is in great demand as a performer, composer, producer and teacher; regularly touring with Scots singer Fiona Hunter whose critically acclaimed debut solo album he produced and arranged. He has performed extensively in the past few years with a number of acts including leading Scots Song band Malinky, the Paul McKenna Band, The Battlefield Band, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, in a duo with twin sister Ali, and with International super group Fiddle Rendezvous, featuring Bruce Molsky, Maryann Kennedy and Gerry O’Connor. Mike’s New Voices Commission ‘String Theory’ debuted in 2010 at Celtic Connections, and was described as ‘the most direct and honest since the idea was first conceived … precision, subtlety and attention to detail’. One of the highlights, the avant-garde piece ‘Man’s Search’ inspired by Viktor Frankl’s best-selling book, was described as ‘utterly compelling’ and was subsequently featured by the Victor Frankl Institute in Austria to commemorate Frankl’s birthday. In 2012 Mike went on to release his critically acclaimed solo project ‘DecemberWell’, a highly original, kaleidoscopic work inspired by the Scottish Winter month of December. In the summer of 2014  Mike undertook his most ambitious project yet: ‘In the Wake of Neil Gunn’, a Creative Scotland Traditional Arts Commissioning project featuring a mirror voyage of writer Neil Gunn’s 1937 odyssey and a new album of original music inspired by the trip. The resulting album was longlisted for the SAY Award 2015 and shortlisted for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2015.

Mairi Campbell
Mairi Campbell as a solo performer is turning heads and hearts with her music. Drawing on her native traditional music, a long and fruitful songwriting collaboration with David Francis and her natural ability to improvise she draws in listeners with stories of ancestry, songs of hope, love and passionate, soulful soundings’’.
Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her elemental, rooted voice, Mairi is digging where she stands – drawing on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new.

“Prepare to get lost in the evocative music of Mairi Campbell…exquisitely rendered…skilled viola playing….magical.” – Edinburgh Evening News

“Her voice can stop the clock” Jim Gilchrist – Scotsman.

  • Scots Singer of the Year ’09 – Scots Trad Music Awards
  • Tutor of the Year 2012 – Scots Trad Music Awards
  • Female Musician of the Year – liveireland 2010
  • Composition of the year – Liveireland 2010
  • Burnsong winner – 2010
  • Neil Gow composition award – Overall winner 2011

In 2008, Mairi and David Francis had their version of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ placed in the pivotal scene of the blockbuster movie ‘Sex and the City’


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