Mhairi was born and brought up in Aviemore, which lies in the heart of the central Highlands of Scotland. She has performed internationally and recorded with many leading musicians, bands and singers and is regarded as one of the finest and most creative pianists from Scotland. She received the Hands up for Trad IGNITION AWARD 2020 for 'Innovation in Music' for Airs. Mhairi's Airs project collaborated with Scottish landscape artist Beth Robertson Fiddes. This toured Scotland as a joint concert and exhibition, and was supported by Creative Scotland. It deservedly received stunning reviews throughout print and digital media, over a variety of genres and has received radio play across most national stations.
Mhairi has two previous self-releases; her debut album Cairngorm with her Trio. She spectacularly launched it at the top of Cairngorm mountain to great acclaim. The follow-up in 2013 saw the release of a specially collaborated live album Contours of Cairngorm, performed by her trio, Patsy Reid and the Edinburgh Quartet. Both of these albums were produced by Irish legend Donal Lunny (Planxty, Moving Hearts, Bothy Band).
As a successful session musician and producer, Mhairi works with a diverse range of musicians. Most recently producing albums for Gaelic singer and bard Gillebride MacMillan. She also notably was musical director for Sabhal Mor Ostaig's large 50th celebration concert at Celtic Connections in February 2023, featuring a host of Gaelic music stars and broadcast for BBC Alba. Mhairi is currently working on a joint Scottish Irish project exploring songs, music and stories as well as her Underwater Cairngorms project.