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 tours regularly throughout the UK, Europe and in North America. Recent highlights include performances at major festivals and events including the Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Hillside Festival (Canada), WGBH's St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn, Glasgow's Celtic Connections, and Encuentro Internacional Maestros Del Arpa, Bogota.
Màiri can currently be heard regularly in duo with fiddler Jenna Moynihan, progressive-folk group Aerialists, the Brìghde Chaimbeul Trio, and with legendary violinist Darol Anger & The Furies. she also performs with Corporate punk, a pop/jam band fronted by sean trischka and with singer-songwriter Eleanor buckland. She is featured in Series 2 of Julie Fowlis and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh's BBC Alba/TG4 television show, Port.
Màiri 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 prestigious 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 is honored to have performed with artists including Bruce Molsky, Zakir Hussain, Liz Carroll, Kuljit Bhamra, and AR Rahman.
màiri has taught at the edinburgh international harp festival, scotland; acadia trad school, bar harbor, me; wells international harp school, bc, canada; encuentro internacional maestros del arpa, bogota, colombia; passim school of music, boston, ma
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
Donald Dewar Arts Awards, The Robertson Scholarship Trust, The Cross Trust, The Waddell Trust