Lone Piper2 original

The Tattoo is one of the best known and most loved shows anywhere on Earth, and packed with drama, spectacle, pageantry and awe-inspiring volume. Yet for many, the highlight is the arrival of a solitary musician high on the historic battlements of Edinburgh Castle.

The show falls silent, the lights dim, and the Tattoo's famous lone piper stands isolated in the spotlight, performing the traditional lament Sleep Dearie Sleep as, on the backs of almost 9000 necks each night, hairs stand to attention as a thrill runs down the spine.

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