Siobhan Monaghan is originally from Lairg in the county of Sutherland. Her musical interest was encouraged from the early age of 8, where she began piping 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.
In addition to specializing in Bagpipes, Siobhan plays small pipes and piano accordion.
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. 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. Siobhan’s main focus was bagpipes, accordion and gaelic, while gaining valuable teaching and recording skills. In 2014 Siobhan graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music and Communities.
Siobhan is now teaching and performing throughout Aberdeenshire.