Highland roots inspire Midlothian songwriter

Mairi Orr
Mairi Orr

Midlothian singer/songwriter Mairi Orr has come a long way since penning her first tunes back in 2009.

Set to record her debut album, the married mother of one from Bonnyrigg started out by strumming her guitar at pubs and festivals after falling in love with the local bluegrass scene.

She told the Advertiser: “I just got chatting to folk and really loved the music. I tried a few songs out and they were well received so I decided to do some recording.”

In 2011 Mairi released an EP, The Gathering Crows, which was recorded by Mattie Foulds at Heriot Toun studios in the Scottish Borders.

Next month will see her return to the studio to record 11 new tracks with a host of guest musicians including guitarist Steven Polwart and bassist Nico Bruce, who is the nephew of Cream founding member Jack Bruce.

In order to help fund her first full-length album, Mairi has launched a ‘kickstart’ campaign to raise donations. To find out more visit www.kickstarter.com and type her name into the search bar. The Gathering Crows EP can be downloaded either from Amazon, iTunes or Mairi’s website (http://www.mairiorr.com).

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