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20th Century Collection Errata

Here is an updated errata for the Piobaireachd Society 20th Century Collection. The Piobaireachd Society 20th C corrections...

Piobaireachd Society Bursary 2017 – closing date extended to 31st May

The closing date for this week of tuition at the College of Piping has now been extended to 31st May. The bursary aims to encourage young pipers who do not have easy access to a piobaireachd teacher to learn piobaireachd. Previous successful candidates were very positive about their experience o...

Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  Cabar Fèidh Gu Brath (Roddy MacLeod),  Queen Elizabeth II Salute (Niall Stewart), Cronin Padruig Seamus (Finlay Johnstone), One of the Dead's Lament (Patrick Molard) Hihorodo hiharara cherede cherede (Jack Taylor) Phantom Piper of Corriearyk (Gordon Walker) Fhailt Na Misk (Patrick Molar...

Donald MacLeod’s Silver Medal Tunes

Recordings of the tunes composed by Donald MacLeod set for this year's Silver Medal are now available.  Thank you to Finlay Johnstone (Cronin Padruig Seamus), Willie McCallum (Roderick MacDonald's Salute), Angus McColl (Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House) and Iain Speirs (Lament for the Iolai...

What tune is this?

Can anyone identify this tune? The player is Iain Macfadyen.  Answers here please.  Tune name will be announced.  No prizes except the warm glow. [audio mp3="http://www.piobaireachd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Iain-MacFadyen-tune-unknown.mp3"][/audio]...

“New” Tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd

Recordings of 2 "new" tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd have been added. One of the Dead's Lament (Patrick Molard). Hirododo hiharara cherede cherede (Jack Taylor). These tunes had not previously been available in staff notation.  Scores are now published in "Pipers Meeting, New Tunes...

 

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.