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 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.
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Berklee College of Music American Roots Music Award 2015
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Finalist 2011 & 2012
BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician Finalist 2011 & 2013
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee 2010 & 2011
Celtic Connections Danny Kyle winner 2010