May 14, 1964|
|Died||December 14, 2005(aged 41)|
Gordon Duncan (May 14, 1964 – December 14, 2005) was a bagpiper and composer, born in Turriff, Aberdeenshire. He composed over one hundred tunes in his lifetime, with perhaps his most famous work, Andy Renwick's Ferret, being performed and recorded internationally.
Born in Turriff, Duncan moved with his family to Pitlochry as a young child. He began his piping career at the age of 10, winning many junior competitions under the tuition of Walter Drysdale, but started to lose interest in competition piping by the age of 18, at which point he was an apprentice joiner.
He attracted attention from folk bands, touring the US and Europe with the Tannahill Weavers, Wolfstone and Ceolbeg and became associated with Dougie MacLean, playing low whistle on his albums. He began composing soon afterwards, having travelled across Europe and been exposed to other traditions, especially Breton music.
Duncan created a new style of idiosyncratic bagpipe music. He also incorporated the bagpipes into a rendition of AC/DC's Thunderstruck. His work was heard at T in the Park, Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours in Canada, the Lorient festival in Brittany, where he was the two-time winner of the MacAllan Trophy and the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland.
In 2005, after a long struggle with alcoholism, Duncan committed suicide; his funeral was held at Pitlochry Church of Scotland and was attended by hundreds of pipers. He is survived by his mother and father, brother and two sisters, as well as his son, Gordon, and his wife, Mary.
- Just for Seumas (1994)
- Circular Breath (1997)
- Thunderstruck (2003)
- Just for Gordon (2007) - (Posthumous Compilation)
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- Just for Gordon. 2012. Just For Gordon / Dha Gordon a-mhain - BBC Alba. (BBC Alba documentary on the great Gordon Duncan's piping). Scotland: BBC Alba.