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Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis

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The Cast, David Francis (guitar) and Mairi Campbell (fiddle, viola, voice), have been playing together since 1992. They made their debut album ‘The Winnowing’ for Alasdair Fraser’s Culburnie Records the following year, with a second CD for Culburnie, ‘Colours of Lichen’ appearing in 1996. After a long absence from recording, their third album, ‘greengold’ came out on Greentrax in the summer of 2007. Their repertoire includes their own songs, interpretations of the songs of Robert Burns and contemporary writers, traditional songs from the British Isles, and the fiddle and dance music of Scotland and Cape Breton. Their arrangement of the Robert Burns classic, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, is featured prominently in the 2008 hit film version of ‘Sex and The City’, and features on the movie soundtrack. In the autumn of 2007, a song from ‘greengold’, ‘Smile or Cry’ was announced as one of the winners of the biannual Burnsong competition, which attracted over 400 entries, while Mairi’s tune ‘Jean Yelland’ was voted ‘Composition of the Year’ in the Chicago-based LiveIreland.com awards for 2008. Also at the end of 2007, Mairi was voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ at the annual Scots Trad Music Awards, while LiveIreland.com declared her ‘Female Musician of the Year’. The Cast has appeared at festivals and venues in Italy, Spain, the US, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany, as well as clubs, arts centres and festivals all over the UK – including major festivals such as Celtic Connections, Towersey, Burns and a’ That and Warwick.

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