ScottishPower to light up National Treasure V

Published: September 30, 2011
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The fifth annual concert to celebrate the life and music of the late Gordon Duncan, A National Treasure V, will now benefit from the addition of one of 2011’s most talked-about pipe bands.

The Grade  1 ScottishPower has been added to the bill for the September 24th event in Perth, Scotland, at the Perth Concert Hall. Already lined up are folk-rock band Wolfstone, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, the Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey, and the virtuoso solo piper Gordon Walker.

Gordon Duncan was a member of ScottishPower for several years under Pipe-Major Roddy MacLeod.

“Gordon Duncan is renowned as a skilled and professional musician who contributed a great deal to the piping world throughout his career of performing, competing and recording, bringing an individual flair to traditional highland piping,” said ScottishPower Pipe Major Chris Armstrong. “The band is proud to be involved in this concert to celebrate traditional music, as well as a man who was dedicated in his support and encouragement of young pipers,”

 

ScottishPower enjoyed its best season yet in Grade 1, finishing third at the World Pipe Band Championships and featuring in the top-six at other RSPBA majors. The band mounted a highly  successful concert before the World’s at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Tickets for the event are £18 and available directly from the Perth Concert Hall. All proceeds from the event go to the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust, a cause that supports young Scottish-based traditional musicians to further their talents as performers and writers. All proceeds from the event go to the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust, a cause that supports young Scottish-based traditional musicians to further their talents as performers and writers.

Gordon Duncan is regarded as one of the most innovative and progressive composers of Highland bagpipe music. He died suddenly on December 14, 2005, at the age of 41.

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