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. In 2009, she self-released her debut album Cairngorm with her Trio, and spectacularly launched it at the top of Cairngorm mountain to great acclaim. The follow-up in 2012 saw the release of a specially collaborated live album Contours of Cairngorm, performed by her trio, the Edinburgh Quartet and Patsy Reid. Both her albums have been produced by Irish legend Donal Lunny (Planxty, Moving Hearts, Bothy Band).
As a successful session musician and performer, Mhairi has worked with a diverse range of musicians. A selection include fiddle band Blazin' Fiddles, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, the RSNO, BBC Radio 2 winner Lauren MacColl, singer Alyth McCormack, Patsy Reid, Swedish singer Ulrika Gunnarsson and singer/songwriter Mairi Campbell. Mhairi is currently in the house band for the BBC Scotland Young Musician of the Year, which includes a live radio and television broadcast of the final at Celtic Connections.
...dizzy piano playing...a wistful delight. THE DAILY RECORD
Mhairi is in high demand as an arranger, producer and recording artist. In 2018 she finished producing an album for renowned Gaelic singer Gillebride MacMillan, of Outlander fame. This is him 3rd solo album of all his own songs, it is called Freumhan Falaichte. Recent recordings include a Lon Ban by Sineag MacIntyre (2019 release) Scottish/Irish flute album by Kirsten Allstaff's (debut), Tunebook Melody Lab featuring Simon Bradley, Mairearad Green, Matheu Watson and Ross Ainsle. Recent releases which Mhairi has been involved in include Patsy Reid The Brightest Path,Gillie MacKenzie Griais, Roddy Woomble The Impossible Songs and Other Songs, Gillebride MacMillan Air Forladh, and historical Psalm project Cridhe gu Cridhe.
Mhairi was appointed Musical Director for the highly successful Jacobite show commissioned for Blas Festival. A historical and musical journey from the 1745 uprising to post-Culloden. The show featured Dr Margaret Bennett, Fiona J. MacKenzie, Rachel Stevenson and Duncan Chisholm.
Outstanding young pianist, Mhairi Hall. HI-ARTS