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Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award and youngest ever winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Scotland’s Brighde Chaimbeul has established herself among the leading experimental purveyors of celtic music.
A native gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye her style is rooted in her native language and culture but takes inspiration from a variety of global forms.
Brighde plays 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; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like atmosphere. In 2021 Brighde performed on the smallpipes to world leaders and listeners across the globe, as the musician of the opening ceremony of COP 26.
Her 2019 debut album, The Reeling, won her major media plaudits and five-star reviews for its fresh reading of traditional gaelic tunes and outward looking assimilation of influences, played with and enticing virtuosic liquidity.
"Unique, exciting and forward-looking” The Quietus
”Unforgettable deep atmosphere” The Guardian
“The whole album is exciting, unique and gorgeous” Songlines
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