John Dew plays Roddy’s lament for young Alex


John Dew’s Glenfiddich performance of Roddy S. MacDonald’s Lament for Alex Duncan can now be appreciated on demand.

John, a recent graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree course, played Roddy’s tune at this year’s online Glenfiddich held behind closed doors in the Ballroom of Blair Castle.

Alex’s parents, Ian and Chris, were present to hear John’s rendition. The video is now online and can be seen here:

Roddy composed the tune for Alex Duncan, who died tragically last month from a blood disorder. The 26-year-old piper played with Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band but in his short life he had also 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 Grade 1), Grampian Police, The Pipers’ Trail, the Scottish Music Parade, the Gordon Duncan Experience and the Atholl Highlanders.