hi, i'm ailsa mair...

 singer,

cellist, 

songwriter,

improviser,

budding storyteller,

yarn spinner,

weaver of song-cloth,

everyday ritual artist,

land-listener,

environmentalist,

&

(quite possibly) part-mermaid... 

I also recently got called 'beautiful cello witch' recently, which I think is the best compliment I've had.

I place myself at the edges of land and sea, earth and cosmos to be a vessel for creativity... Having trained and identified mainly as a cellist for years, I am now offering myself as a musician and artist with a conscious awareness of the powerful healing potential of sound, story, nature and ritual space.  I work as much as possible outdoors, having done a lot of site-specific performance all over Britain, including with aerial circus company Whispering Woods, with dancer & choreographer Denise Rowe and band Ombiviolum on Dartmoor, and solo and in collaboration with my duo Tinc y Tannau in Wales. 

You can find loads more about me in two recent interviews

I did earlier in 2020:

one with writer Leslie Tate here:

 https://leslietate.com/2020/05/9599/

...and one with Folklife presenter Caitlin Tan for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, about a project I've collaborated on with storyteller Peter Stevenson, called The Moon Eyed People

https://www.wvpublic.org/post/folktales-and-music-bring-life-wva-welsh-connection?fbclid=IwAR2Kcm2iQWkuh5M7FYOSmX03uQqbX0g76QqbUW55JaGjG2U3F3iug-y_K1Y#stream/0

PAST COLLABORATIONS/projects include:

(see my pages for current offerings)

Whispering Wood Folk - magical family aerial circus/storytelling shows set in the woods:

http://whispering-wood-folk.co.uk/

Ombiviolum - Zimbabwean/Celtic fusion band, Devon: http://www.ombiviolum.com/

Dancer & choreographer Denise Rowe - 'She Who Walks'; 'Enter the Circle'

https://www.earthdances.co.uk/

Peter Stevenson (illustrator, storyteller, writer) - MANY shows with this amazing being!

http://cabinetofcuriosities.moonfruit.com/

Georgia Ruth (Welsh Music Prize winner) - cello parts on 2020 album 'Mai': https://georgiaruth.co.uk/

Tingle - cosmic reggae in West Wales: https://www.tingleme.uk/about

Mackerel Sky - magical duetting with the extraordinary Pixy Tom

https://www.facebook.com/pixytomsmusic/

Ayla Schafer - visionary songwriter (inc. EP 'Words and Wolves' )

https://aylasong.bandcamp.com/album/words-and-wolves
 

Joanna Bond -  performance art piece: 'Inseparability of Human and Nature'

www.joannabond.co.uk

Sacred Activists' Sanctuary - Co-holding of this beautiful zone at The Green Gathering Festival

 http://www.greengathering.org.uk/

'Pan, Miss Mae, & their Pole of Disarray - with Kitty O'Blitherin a.k.a Cath Rigler as part of Machynlleth Comedy Fest 2019 (funded by Articulture)

https://kittyoblitherin.weebly.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

© 2017 Ailsa Mair Hughes