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Updated Index of Piobaireachd Society books

Thank you to Doug Macrae of Scott's Highland Services for providing this updated index of the Piobaireachd Society books to include book 16 Piobaireachd Index books 1-16  ...

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Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  The Earl of Ross's March (Iain Speirs) Lament for Hugh (Finlay Johnstone) Mary's Praise (Ian K MacDonald)...

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Archie Kenneth Quaich Entries

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-fifth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 4th March 2017, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enq...

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New Sidelights to Kilberry Book

The new combined edition of Sidelights on the Kilberry Book is now available price £15.  Available from The College of Piping and The National Piping Centre The book consists of Archibald Campbell of Kilberry's notes on 60 tunes, 10 of which have not been published before.  The new tunes are...

Mary’s Praise – Alternative Settings

Mary's Praise is set for the Gold Medals this year. It has been written in many different ways other than how it appears in Piobaireachd Society book and the Kilberry book.  Peter McCalister looks at some of these here....

 

Welcome

When the Highlands and Islands of Scotland adopted the bagpipe, perhaps some six hundred years ago, they began to develop the instrument and its music to suit their needs and tastes.

What emerged was the instrument we know today as the Great Highland Bagpipe, and a form of music, piobaireachd (pronounced Pee-broch), which is unique to the instrument.  The music consists of a theme (ground) and variations on this theme.  The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes in the “gathering” tunes , a peremptory warning or call to arms.

The theme is developed in a series of variations, which usually progress to the “crunluath” variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishment or gracenotes.

The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.