Brìghde Chaimbeul


Touring Solo September-December 2019.

Touring Duo with Aidan O’Rourke 14-26 April 2020 & Festivals.



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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Horizon Award

The debut album ‘The Reeling’ by exceptional Skye musician Brìghde Chaimbeul has had an extraordinary response since it’s launch at a sold out Celtic Connections show at the start of 2019. It was named as Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian, given five star reviews in both fRoots and Songlines, lavished with praise by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and listed as one of The Quietus’ Albums Of The Year So Far. The Reeling was voted one of the 20 Scottish Albums Of The Year by the Say Awards (out of 293 submissions) and secured a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination for Brìghde. Musicians as diverse as Colin Stetson, Sam Amidon and Anna von Hausswolff have expressed their love for the record on social media, and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys invited Brìghde to collaborate with him and James Yorkston at a special show in Kirkcaldy.

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.

Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award winning piper Niall Stewart.

Brìghde met pipe makers, players and revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore in 2014 where she was introduced to the smallpipes, and since has developed a unique style which has captured audiences across the globe. She has collaborated with many established artists over the years, most recently including Ross Ainslie, John McSherry, Paul Meehan, Aidan O Rourke, Carlos Nunez, Allan MacDonald.


“Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct.” Folk Album of the Month – The Guardian

“A unique, exciting and forward-looking album that sets the bar for 2019 very high indeed.” – The Quietus

“Exciting, unusual and gorgeous.”Songlines

“Pure, vital energy… exceptional playing.” – Folk Radio


Tour Dates

22/09/2019Queen's HallEDINBURGH
04/10/2019Paisley Arts CentrePAISLEY
18/10/2019English Folk ExpoMANCHESTER
01/11/2019The Pound Arts CentreCORSHAM
02/11/2019Royal Welsh College of Music and DramaCARDIFF
03/11/2019Cafe OtoLONDON
04/11/2019Wardrobe TheatreBRISTOL
06/11/2019The KeepGUILDFORD
08/11/2019The Band RoomKIRKBYMOORSIDE