Memorial and Funeral Bagpipe Tunes

The atmosphere of memorial and funeral services tend to reflect the character and personality of the loved one. As such, it's no surprise that the music for services range from more traditional, solemn tunes to the more upbeat and cheerful tunes you might find at an Irish Wake. Below are some of the most commonly requested tunes - categorized by their setting:

 

Upbeat Tunes

  • Green Hills of Tyrol (M, 3/4)
  • The Battle's Ore (M, 3/4)
  • Miss Lilly Christie (M, 6/8)
  • Scotland the Brave (M, 4/4)
  • Heights of Dargai (M, 9/8)
  • Festival March (M, 9/8)

Slow, Reverent Tunes

  • Amazing Grace
  • Lord Lovat's Lament
  • Highland Cathedral
  • Shoals of Herring (M)
  • Sgt. MacKenzie
  • Taps (for military)
  • Flower of Scotland
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Danny Boy
  • Dawning of the Day
  • Going Home
 

These memorial tunes can be arranged into 'sets' as well, so upbeat tunes can be played in-between slower tunes. Some clients may prefer this composition if they're looking for variety in tempo (such as in Celebration of Life ceremonies or Irish Wakes). 

  • Marches (M): as the name implies, these tunes are meant to coincide with the rhythm and pace of marching. These tunes are ideal for entering or departing an event. Marches work well with nearly any event including weddings, parties, and parades. Bagpipe marches typically come in time signatures including 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and 9/8.
  • Strathspeys (S) and jigs (J): meant primarily for dancing, these tunes feature quick, unique beats.
  • Reels (R) and hornpipes (H): slightly slower than strathspeys and jigs, but still upbeat and lively.
  • Slow Aires (A): these tunes are generally slower and showcase the reverence and haunting beauty of the bagpipers. These tunes are typically used in memorials and commemorations, but can be used for golf course sunset ceremonies or even weddings.

Additional tunes by request based on availability