hi, i'm ailsa mair...





budding storyteller,





(quite possibly) part-mermaid... 

I also recently got called a '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:


...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


PAST COLLABORATIONS/projects include:

(see my pages for current offerings)

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


'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)