Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke - Burns&Beyond 2022

under Les Colombes at St. Giles’ Cathedral

St Giles' Cathedral

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars, and Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again accompanied by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.

A native Gaelic speaker, Chaimbeul’s style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award-winning piper Niall Stewart.

Working closely with O’Rourke, Chaimbeul has devised a completely new way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the smallpipes; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like quality in the tunes.

‘It feels simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct, led by the peculiar, beautiful sound of the smallpipes.’ Guardian

‘In a highlight of early 2019 releases, Hebridean piper Brìghde Chaimbeul gives Scottish folk a startlingly contemporary feel.’ The Quietus

Covid-19 Safety Protocols
- In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.
- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.
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