Màiri & Brìghde Chaimbeul are native Gaelic speaking musical sisters from the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Màiri Chaimbeul is a Boston-based harp player and composer. 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 has toured throughout the UK and in Europe as well as North America, 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 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.
Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with fiddler Jenna Moynihan,
progressive-folk group Aerialists, the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio, the Jacob Matheus Group, and 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.
Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport Cropredy Convention, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota, and Gent Festival of Flanders. Màiri is honored to have played with artists including Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage, Zakir Hussain, Liz Carroll, Kuljit Bhamra, and AR Rahman.
Piper Brìghde Chaimbeul was 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner. Her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as Bulgarian, Cape Breton and Irish. She has been described by Tim Chipping, fRoots Magazine, as an “exceptional musician” and by Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2’s Folk Show, as a “mesmerising piper”. Having performed across the country, recent highlights include appearances at major festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, as well as featuring on BBC Alba/TG4 series Port and Seirm. Brìghde plays Scottish smallpipes in C and D made by Fin Moore and Hamish Moore.