Brìghde to repeat Lone Piper role at Highland Military Tattoo

The winner of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Brìghde Chaimbeul, will be wowing the audiences again at this September’s Highland Military Tattoo.

17 year old piper Brìghde, from Skye, took top prize at the prestigious music awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April.

Brìghde was the Lone Piper at last year’s Tattoo and despite being inundated with requests for festival and gig performances since her win, will return to the stage at Fort George to reprise her role.

An award-winning piper since the age of ten when she won the Piobaireachd Competition at the final Strathclyde Police Piping Competition, Brìghde is an exceptional all round musician who also plays the small pipes, whistles and piano and comes from a talented musical family.

She is the youngest ever winner of a Junior Pìobaireachd Prize at the prestigious Northern Meeting and won the Overall Under 18 trophy in 2014 and again in 2015.

Traditionally the Lone Piper plays at the close of a military tattoo, bringing the event to an end before the performers march out of the arena.

Tattoo Director, Major General Seymour Monro, said: “We were thrilled, but not surprised, to hear of Brìghde’s thoroughly well-deserved win at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. We knew that she would have an extremely busy year of performances ahead of her so we are absolutely delighted that she is joining us again at Fort George in September.”

This year’s Tattoo, which is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, runs each evening from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September, with a matinee performance on Saturday 10th September. Tickets are now on sale from Ticketline, Eden Court and The Highlanders’ Museum at Fort George.

More information is available at and you can follow the Tattoo on Twitter @HMTFortGeorge.


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