Siobhan Monaghan (Shivvy)
Siobhan was born in 1992 in Sutherland and began piping at the age of 8 under the instruction of George Stewart. By the age of 12 she was competing in the solo circuit, at local games and Mod’s. This quickly led to playing in the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band, where she became Pipe Major in 2006 for 3 years. Siobhan led the band in two major performances in Canada and Beijing.
The Fèis was a huge influence in Siobhan’s musical development. As a participant she had the opportunity to gain different musical styles and build a wide range of musical repertoire from many professional music tutors. This led to becoming a tutor for three years, teaching Bagpipes and accordion. Siobhan took part in the Fèis Chataibh Ceilidh Trail playing bagpipes, small pipes and accordion. In summer 2010 she lead the group, travelling and performing at different locations around Sutherland for 5 weeks and recording a CD and the end of the tour.
In 2009 Siobhan moved to Benbecula to study Traditional Music and Gaelic in Lews Castle College under the instruction of Iain Macdonald and Anna Wendy Stevenson. This led to several opportunities such as performances at Celtic Connections, Radio and taking part on the T.V show ITrad for BBC ALBA.
In 2010 Siobhan moved to Aberdeen to study Music at the University of Aberdeen where she joined Portlethen and District Pipe Band. Her main study instrument is bagpipes taught under the instruction of Pipe Major Julie Brinklow.
In 2013 Siobhan joined the Thistle Piping team where she can combine work and her passion of music and piping and both the Smallpipes & Highland Pipes… and even the accordion!
Shivvy is an excellent piper. Her technical playing is very good and I particularly like her style of piping where West Coast and Highland influences can be heard coming through. She’s a wee gem and has quickly established herself as a popular member of the team.”