Brìghde Chaimbeul plays the Scottish smallpipes, a bellows-powered set of bagpipes with a double-note drone. A native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye, she began learning the pipes as a young girl and at the age of seventeen she was chosen to be the lone piper at the 2016 Edinburgh Military Tattoo. That same year she won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Her 2019 debut album, The Reeling, produced by Lau's Aidan O'Rourke, won her major media plaudits, five-star reviews and a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, for its fresh reading of traditional Gaelic tunes and outward looking assimilation of influences from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland, played with an enticing virtuosic liquidity. Still just in her early twenties, Brìghde Chaimbeul has established herself among the leading experimental purveyors of Celtic music.
Master of Ceremony: Nick Hobbs
Brighde Chaimbeul is supported by PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund, which is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with Department of International Trade (DIT), British Underground, Arts Council England, The Musicians’ Union (MU), PPL, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts International and Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI