Born into a family of Gaelic musicians and pipers, Marianne grew up immersed in the traditional culture of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She was part of the highly successful Scottish traditional band Deaf Shepherd, where her twin-fiddles partnership with Clare McLaughlin soon became one of the band’s strongest signature assets, expressing her deep appreciation of the tunes with equal parts lyricism and drive.
Marianne recorded two CDs with the band, and toured all over Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the US. The band’s “Synergy” CD achieved several 5-star reviews, and “The Scotsman” newspaper announced that “Deaf Shepherd are quite simply the best folk band Scotland has produced in many a year”.
Clare and Marianne also perform as cMc – a fiddle/guitar trio with the acclaimed Dublin-based guitarist and producer, Gavin Ralston. Marianne and Clare met Gavin when he was playing with Irish supergroup Arcady, and they have collaborated many times since. They also recorded the CD “Snap and Roll” together, with Galician piper xosé manuel budiño and James Mackintosh of Shooglenifty .
Marianne has also recorded CDs with her brother Rory Campbell and her father Roddy Campbell.