Originally from South Uist, Mairi Thérèse grew up surrounded by traditional music, and at the age of 11 started violin lessons with Deirdre Morrison. Mairi Thérèse's West Coast Style of playing is highly influenced by the Gaelic songs and piping traditions of the Western Isles. She spent many Saturdays evenings at the local Fiddle & Accordion club in Benbecula with her Dad and was inspired by the wealth of talented musicians in Uist who encouraged her along the way.
Mairi Thérèse was fortunate to be taught by Duncan Johnson who gave her a grounding in technique, and she also received lessons with Anna-Wendy Stevenson whilst studying HNC Traditional Music at Lews Castle College. Mairi Thérèse was part of the young Uist band Flying Fiddles led by Anna-Wendy and performed with the band at festivals such as Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours in Cape Breton.
Mairi Thérèse went on to study BA Applied Music at Strathclyde University where she was taught by Alistair Mcculloch. She graduated with a Master's degree in Music from the University of Glasgow in 2014 and wrote a thesis on the fiddle tradition of the West Coast of Scotland. She is a passionate fiddle/violin tutor and teaches at Village School of Music in East Kilbride. She is the fiddle player in Beinn Lee, and also plays with Grouse Ceilidh Band.
Mairi Thérèse plays a beautiful violin made by Chris Johnson.