• Andy Shearer

Day 184 - Alex Duncan, 1994 - 2020

We were devastated to learn of Alex Duncan’s death last week at the age of just 26. In the early years of our celtic big band, The Gordon Duncan Experience, Alex played a hugely important role both as one of the most experienced musicians and, as Gordon’s nephew, a representative of the Duncan family alongside his twin sister Tina. 


This video of Martyn Bennett’s epic MacKay’s Memoirs is from A National Treasure IV, an annual concert celebrating Gordon’s music organised by the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust at Perth Concert Hall in Sep 2010. This was the GDE’s first major performance: the piece itself starts about 2 mins in with Alex taking the piobreachd solo later on. 


Alex, Gordon and Martyn; joined together by music and all gone tragically young.

Alex’s piping was a great joy to him and he was a very talented player, His first piping tutor was Dougie Reid, then Walter Drysdale and his father Ian was a great guiding influence too. He played with Coupar Angus Pipe Band, The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, Pitlochry & Blair Atholl, Drambuie Kirkliston, Lothian & Borders Police, Vale of Atholl (Grade 3 and Grade1), Grampian Police, Fife Police, The Pipers Trail (Pipe Band of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo), Scottish Music Parade, the Gordon Duncan Experience and the Atholl Highlanders. Alex graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Nursing degree then worked as a Staff Nurse at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy and Queen Margaret’s Hospital, Dunfermline. All our thoughts are with Ian, Chris, Tina, Sian and the entire Duncan family, and Alex’s fiancé Freya.

Alex’s initial intended career was to be a paramedic, but following serious illness in 2012, he was unable to follow this career path. Alex supported Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance during his life, and it helped his own friends, family and acquaintances in times of need so his family and fiancé know this would be his chosen charity. Any donations in memory of Alex can be made here.


For anyone not on Facebook who would like to make a donation, they can be made directly to the charity here.


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