Events & Other Experiences

Shonagh pipes at events that span the many stages of life; e.g. christenings, birthdays, concerts, weddings, funerals.


  • Jethro Tull Christmas Charity Concert: guest performer. Shonagh performed 2 sets, ending with Auld Lang Syne. The audience spontaneously burst into song - what an incredible experience!

  •  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's 'Always Remembered' concert; a Commemoration of Armistice and the Centenary of the end of WW1. Solo piece with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.


  • 'Battle's O'er Tribute'; Commemorating the Centenary of WW1. Performed next to the Mayor of Poole.


  • Xi'an, China: The Silk Road International Trade Expo 2018.Performed as a duo, and with 2 Tattoo Dance Company Highland Dancers, representing The Edinburgh Tattoo and the UK. Performed for the Mayor of Xi'an and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and at the entering ceremony of the City Walls of Xi'an. 


  • British Day at the British Embassy, Prague 2018 (with Pipers Trail). This was the first time foreign civilians have lead the Guard to Prague Castle for the ceremony. Shonagh piped solo at each performance, and was showcased in a Czech newspaper.​


  • The Scottish Music Parade tour: toured across Germany with two pipe bands & Aceltica, including 2 solo spots (video on FB)​. 

Funerals

Shonagh always feels greatly privileged when asked to pipe at a funeral. There is something very special and personal when helping families and friends to say goodbye to and reminisce about their fond memories of their loved ones.

​Arranging funerals can be very upsetting; hence, Shonagh often suggests appropriate tunes, allowing one less thing for the family to think about. Equally, Shonagh is more than happy to play tunes which are sentimental to the families when requested.​​​​


"... a heart felt thank you for today. You made my Auntie's funeral perfect and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Shonagh Duncan


Shonagh Duncan has over 14 years of Bagpipe experience. Shonagh was originally based in the Scottish Borders where she was taught to play the Bagpipes by Pipe Major Andrew Ainslie BEM of Duns Pipe Band. Shonagh's family - her Father in particular - are very musical. This inspired her to learn about and to enjoy music as a child; she was the first Piper in the family. Shonagh went on to perform at events across the Scottish Borders and beyond. After extending her Highland and Border Pipes skills through tuition from established musicians in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Shonagh studied Psychology at University in Edinburgh. In 2017 Shonagh relocated to Chester, England, from where she performs at a variety of special occasions; for example, family occasions, weddings, funerals, cultural celebrations, corporate events, educational talks, birthdays, anniversaries, and more!
 
​Shonagh's core focus is to provide a tailored service for each client: for example, by including tunes that are special to you or simply surprising your loved ones with a piper. Tell Shonagh about what you would like from a piper; you can then together discuss how to make that happen! If you are not certain about what you'd like the piper to do, do not worry - Shonagh will discuss this with you and provide suitable suggestions for your event. Get in touch for this tailored service!

Media

Featured on Live T.V. and Radio including:

  • ​​Live BBC Breakfast T.V. With members of Pipers Trail, to represent The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Live Norwegian Breakfast T.V.Solo, representing The Edinburgh Tattoo
  • Live BBC Radio 2. With Pipers Trail to represent The Edinburgh Tattoo
  • American 'Today Show' T.V., alongside The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Featured in Newspaper articles including:

  • The Sunday Post​
  • ​Dnes (a daily newspaper in the Czech Republic)​
  • The Chester Chronicle​
  • The Berwickshire News

About

Military Tattoos

Shonagh performed alongside inspiring musicians, including Major Steven Small MBE, Pipe Major Alisdair McLaren, Finlay MacDonald, and Pipe Major Ian Duncan.


  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Military Tattoo 2017 & 2018 (with Pipers Trail). In one show Shonagh piped the solo section of the Splash of Tartan set composed by Finlay MacDonald.​


  • Musikfest Der Bundeswehr 2017 and 2018(with Pipers Trail). ​In 2017, Shonagh was one of five pipers to begin the Splash of Tartan set composed by Finlay MacDonald. In 2018, Shonagh was one of 7 pipers to begin 'The Sleeping Tune' composed by the late Gordon Duncan.


  • Norwegian Military Tattoo (with Pipers Trail). In addition to the shows, this trip included a Street Parade through Oslo, and a solo performance live on Norwegian breakfast T.V.

SCD Solo Piper

Weddings

Shonagh is delighted when asked to pipe at weddings - being a part of such a joyful day makes being a piper the dream job!


Shonagh treasures memories from all weddings as it's inspiring to see how different and personal each one can be. Shonagh often pipes the bride down the aisle: this is a beautiful moment to share as the couple begin their journey in marriage. Shonagh loves to work with each client individually as she believes that there is something truly special in creating a day suited and personal to each couple. These are moments which she feels truly honoured to be a part of.


"Thanks for the part you had in our day. Everyone loved it and it was a great surprise for... my mum!"