Brìghde Chaimbeul


Available for summer festivals SOLO, DUO (with Aidan O’Rourke) or TRIO (with Ross Ainslie & Steven Byrnes).


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Brìghde Chaimbeul (pronounced Bree-chu CHaym-bul)) is one of the most exciting musical minds in the world of Celtic folk today. She’s a master of the Scottish smallpipes – the bellows-blown, mellower and more emotive cousin to the famous Great Highland bagpipes – and she’s taken them to the global stage.

A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, Brìghde roots her music in her language and culture. She rose to prominence as a prodigy of traditional music, but has since begun a journey to take the smallpipes into uncharted territory. She draws inspiration from the world of interconnected piping traditions, including those from Eastern Europe, Cape Breton and Ireland, and her most recent album brings in influence from ambient, avant garde and electronic music. One can talk about Brìghde’s awards (BBC Young Folk Award; BBC Horizons Award; Songlines Top of the World…) and her wide array of collaborators (Caroline Polachek; Colin Stetson; Gruff Rhys; Aidan O’Rourke…) but after it all, her music speaks for itself.

Haunting, entrancing, breathtaking, beautiful – this open-eared, understatedly virtuosic performer is transforming and creating new definitions for Scottish folk in the 21st century.


“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

“Enchanting … Chaimbeul has an ability to bring a strangely modern, almost electronic, sound from this most traditional of instruments.” The Wire

“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



Tour Dates

20/05/2024Bath Festivals (with Aidan O'Rourke)BATH
30/05/2024The Fleece InnEVESHAM
31/05/2024Fire in the Mountain FestivalABERYSTWYTH
07/06/2024St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church (with Aidan O'Rourke)LINLITHGOW
08/06/2024The Barn (with Aidan O'Rourke)BANCHORY
09/06/2024The Reeling (with Aidan O'Rourke)GLASGOW
15/06/2024SOLAS FestivalPERTHSHIRE