Brìghde Chaimbeul (pronounced Bree-chu CHaym-bul) is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music and of the Scottish smallpipes, a bellows-powered set of bagpipes with a double-note drone. She has devised a completely unique way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the instrument, resulting in a constancy of sound that creates a trance-like atmosphere, played with enticing virtuosic liquidity.
Brìghde’s mesmerising musicianship has earned her global recognition, including a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, and has seen her perform for heads of state at the opening ceremony of 2021 Cop26 climate conference.
Her style is rooted in her native Gaelic language but she continues to push the boundaries of her instrument and her sound. Her most recent album ‘Carry Them With Us’ featuring renowned Candian artist Colin Stetson has been widely acclaimed and has been most recently profiled in The Guardian, The Irish Times, Stereogum and Dazed and Confused. She has also been featured on Caroline Polacheck’s ground-breaking album, ‘Desire, I Want to Turn into You’.
Brìghde has also collaborated with highly respected musicians from across Scotland, Ireland and beyond, including Aidan O’Rourke, Radie Peake (Lankum), Gruff Rhys, Carlos Nunez, Ross Ainslie, Cormac Begley.
“Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct” – The Guardian
“Unique, exciting and forward-looking” The Quietus
“Mesmerising” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Exciting, unusual and gorgeous” – Songlines
“It is a quirk of musical fate that some of the most traditional forms can produce the most experimental sounds. Brìghde Chaimbeul is an instrumentalist from Skye who is steeped in the musical and oral traditions of the islands and highlands of Scotland but whose music is as invigorating and new as anything currently being produced in either folk or contemporary avant-garde circles … A common misconception about drone-based music is that it doesn’t go anywhere or do anything. Chaimbeul’s tunes ride roughshod over this notion, unfolding, expanding, and sometimes exploding.” Folk Radio UK April 2023
“… an exciting, sometimes bewitching set of tunes. The album’s title is a quotation from Gaelic bard Iain Sheonaidh, of South Uist, who carried the old tales with him. Brìdghe Chaimbeul, deeply immersed in her culture, is doing the same. At the same time she is making the tales new, by transforming them into some of the most satisfying and complete music to be found anywhere in these islands. The Quietus, April 2023
“… an album to immerse oneself in order to reap the greatest rewards. From the opening moments of first track Pililiù (The Call Of The Redshank), the warm, gauzy sounds of the smallpipes floods the ears, starting a short musical journey that brings with it both mystery and beauty … the album shows how Chaimbeul takes the traditions of folk music and gently reshapes and redirects them … evocative and beautiful … helps shine light on a lesser seen musical world.” **** musicOMH, April 2023
“Nobody else sounds anything like Chaimbeul. The smallpipes player and composer is still only in her mid-twenties, but it feels like she has occupied her own incomparable furrow for ever, bridging the gap between the lost sounds of the past and futuristic ambience.” Folk Radio / FRUK
‘Carry Them With Us’ (2023)
Shortlisted for Scotland’s prestigious SAY Award
Number 13 (of 100) in The Quietus Albums of the Year
Number 13 in The List Hot 100 2023
Number 5 in The Skinny’s Scottish Albums of the Year
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