Gordon Duncan

Decades: 1990s


1964, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland, d. 14 December 2005, Edradour, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland. One of the most talented of the young generation of Scottish pipers to emerge at the end of the twentieth century, in his short life Duncan helped breathe new life into a traditional musical form. Born into a long line of Scottish pipers, he began playing the notoriously difficult instrument at the age of eight and was a successful competitor on the junior scene. He graduated to the folk circuit in his late teens and played sessions for a number of the leading bands of the day, including Ceolbeg and Wolfstone. His own recordings during the 90s included 1994’s masterful Just For Seumas, named for the principal of the Glasgow College of Piping who was one of several of the old guard of Scottish piping to take umbrage at Duncan’s interpretations of the traditional oeuvre. The album included innovative reworkings of pìobaireachd and reels and, on the...

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