Joanne has been playing the bagpipes for more than 26 years and in that time she has played with several pipe bands. In 2001 Joanne went to France for 6 months and played ceilidhs and concerts with many musical groups, on bagpipes and violin. Cherished memories of that time include the many commemorations at the Somme Battlefield sites, cemeteries and memorial events, and the many friends she made there, who she still plays with in France from time to time.
Some distinct events and festivities that Joanne has been privileged to play at include; the Lord Mayors Show, the Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall, “The Havengore” Ship on the Thames (which famously carried the coffin of Winston Churchill), Thiepval and Ulster Tower WW1 Memorials, and Amiens, France “Pipers for Peace” events. She has also played many weddings, including venues such as at Kensington Palace, Fulham Palace and the Tower of London. In addition she has played Burns’ Suppers aplenty, and numerous funerals.
Joanne doesn’t only enjoy her piping in the UK, she also travels a fair bit too, playing in Brussels, Paris, Bordeaux, Brittany, Tenerife and areas of Germany. A fond memory that Joanne recalls is when she had to climb approx. 150 steps up to the top of a church tower in Biddenden, to perform at 6am on 11th November 2018, to mark 100 years of the end of WW1. This was whilst a storm was raging, which fortunately lapsed briefly for the time of playing.