Màiri Chaimbeul

ARTFORMS: Music , Harp


From Sleat, the Isle of Skye, Màiri has been described as ‘outrageously talented’. Not only is she a prodigious talent on the clàrsach, but she also plays the fiddle and piano to an equally high standard. Currently studying at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Màiri is a member of the Scottish National Children’s Orchestra.
Màiri has won a number of significant music awards at the Royal National Mod and other music festivals. She is currently the youngest finalist to compete for the Director’s Recital Prize at St Mary’s Music School.
Màiri has performed on the Celtic Connections Open Stage and plays clàrsach with the Celtic fusion jazz group Kitairuri. She is considered to be one of the most talented harpists of her generation who has the potential to develop into a significant musician of the next.

To date, Màiri’s most memorable concert was at the Skye Feis with the Luminescent Orchestrii of New York, a punk-gypsy-indie-kleismer group, playing clàrsach in the context of world music. Her verdict? “Gaelic riffs alongside Balkan stomping and Russian dance and Latin sounds was great”.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will assist Màiri to buy a professional pedal harp.

We greatly appreciate …the tremendous influence [the Dewar Arts Awards] have in encouraging young artists such as Màiri to develop their education and career. This particular award means a great deal to Màiri. (Angus Campbell, father)