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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Lone Piper – Andy’s Story

September 4, 2019


Ten years old when I started, I wanted to
learn a musical instrument. My next door neighbour, he said that he would teach me the pipes.
Just after a couple of months, I had the bug if you like. As soon as you put the kit on,
you’re straight into that role. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re carrying
on traditions and culture. Anybody that has ever come to watch the Edinburgh Tattoo, it’s
something they’ll never forget. I’ve been on both sides, I’ve been a performer, and
I remember going to the Tattoo as a young boy, and as soon as you come through the drawbridge
at the castle, and you see the crowd and the cameras, it makes the hairs on the back of
your neck stand up. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been the lone piper at the
castle. The couple of seconds before you strike it’s deadly silent, the darkness, they flash
a big spotlight on you, that’s your cue, you’ll see the flashes of all the cameras
going off and you’ll never be able to replicate marching out of the drawbridge. It’s a brilliant
city. There’s not a lot of people I would argue that can say they get paid for doing
something that they really love to do. Being in the military, in a Scottish regiment and
being Scottish myself, it doesn’t matter where we are in the world, we always take
it with us.

11 Comments

  • Reply Moonsabie February 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    please do not forget all your clans men around the world we count on you to preserve the culture we lost long ago

  • Reply jgemslie February 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Fabulous!!!!! Fills my heart with pride!!!!

  • Reply Jacob Keppler February 11, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Edinburgh miliatry tattoo is best miliatry tattoo in world I wish I was part of the the army and get to do this Jacob keppler

  • Reply Gav Lewis February 11, 2016 at 5:08 am

    It's an honour and a privilege to know this man, to have shared a dram with him and to have heard him play. A dedicated professional and a very talented piper. Slainte mhath mo charaid 🙂

  • Reply Henry K February 11, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Cool video. 🙂 BTW, what is name of the background music?

  • Reply John Turner February 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    At the Edinburgh Tattoo sometime in the 1960's (Possibly 1966) the Lone Piper (Ian Morrison) appeared but didn't play the 'pipes….someone had pinched the reed from the pipe chanter!! The silence was embarrassing. However Pipe Major John Allan (Queens Own Highlanders) played the lament on his pipes from his position on the concourse and saved the day. Incidentally, Ian became the world champion piper at least on four years after this.

  • Reply 664FREEDOM February 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Shered yer Crakin' Vid !!

  • Reply Anon July 9, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Just saw this advert watching the Scottish Open – Makes me want to visit Scotland, see the sights, meet the people, and play a few rounds. Well done.

  • Reply Teacher Jung July 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I love Scotland.

  • Reply Gerard Rooney April 6, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I will always remember playing the pipe up on the top of the Battlements at the Army School of Piping (Edinburgh Castle) as a young lad while Captain John MacLellan stood and watched on, what an honour it was. Will always remember that day with pride.

  • Reply Darragh Reid August 1, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    That's my dad

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