Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde Chaimbeul is a leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music. Her piping has earned her a BBC Young Folk Award and a Horizon Award, and seen her perform for heads of state at the Cop26 climate conference. She’s brought her instrument to a global stage, and has worked with a range of other artists – currently she can be heard on Caroline Polachek‘s new single “Blood and Butter“. With her second album ‘Carry Them With Us’ (out 14 April on tak:til/ Glitterbeat), Chaimbeul has taken it beyond folk music, discovering a place where tradition and minimalism meet, offering her the freedom to experiment in sound and create something completely her own. ‘Carry Them With Us’ is an exhilarating weave of rich textural drones, trance atmospheres and instrumental folk traditions.
A single and accompanying video from the forthcoming album was released last week. Chaimbeul created “Tha Fonn Gun Bhi Trom: I Am Disposed Of Mirth” in tandem with acclaimed Canadian sound explorer and saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver) who also co-produced the album. Shot on the Isle of Skye, where Chaimbeul hails from, the accompanying music video shows off the dramatic scenery of the Cuillins mountains.
Touring new solo album Autumn 2023 (Sept/Oct/Nov) and 6-11 + 20-25 Feb 2024. Available for Festivals solo, duo (with Aidan O’Rourke) + trio (with Ross Ainslie & Steven Byrnes)