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A Piper’s Farewell to his Pipes

Thank you to Steven Knox for sending his composition A Piper's Farewell to his Pipes.  He says that this tune seeks to express the feelings of a piper who is no longer able to play, as he puts his pipes back in their box for the last time.  As in some other laments, grief is mixed with frustration...

Archie Kenneth Quaich

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-fourth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 5th March 2016, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enqu...

Bratach Gorm tunes

The Scottish Piping Society of London has released the scores of the tunes for the 2015 Bratach Gorm here. Four tunes to be submitted....

Roderick Cannon

It is with sadness that we record the death of Roderick Cannon on 9th June. Roderick Cannon's contribution to the Piobaireachd Society was immeasurable, as it was to the wider bagpipe world.  He applied his sharp academic mind in all matters, and much of his work can be seen on this website.  H...

 

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.

 

1) John MacFadyen, Ronnie MacShannon - MacKenzie of Applecross' Salute
2) Iain Speirs - MacSwan of Roaig Lament for
3) James Campbell on goose Jack Taylor - PS10, MacArthur MacGregor, Campbell Canntaireachd - Young Laird of Dungallon's Salute
4) James Campbell on goose, Robert Wallace - MacLeans' March MacArthur Setting
5) John MacFadyen, Ronnie MacShannon - MacKenzie of Applecross' Salute
6) James Campbell on goose Jack Taylor - PS10, MacArthur MacGregor, Campbell Canntaireachd - Young Laird of Dungallon's Salute
7) James Campbell on goose Jack Taylor - PS10, MacArthur MacGregor, Campbell Canntaireachd - Young Laird of Dungallon's Salute
8) James Campbell on goose, Robert Wallace - MacLeans' March MacArthur Setting
9) James Campbell on goose Jack Taylor - PS10, MacArthur MacGregor, Campbell Canntaireachd - Young Laird of Dungallon's Salute