The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Note on the Nether Lorn Canntaireachd

The note giving the key to the Nether Lorn Canntaireachd revised 1959 by Col J P Grant, C. B. of Rothiemurchus has now been added in the Piobaireachd Collections section of the reference library....

Annual Conference 2014

The Piobaireachd Society annual conference and AGM will be held on the weekend of 22/23 March in the Birnam Hotel. We hope that competing pipers will want to attend the Saturday sessions especially. All welcome.  No need to be a member of the Piobaireachd Society.  Booking for the conference is ...

Fannet

Thanks to Ronald Smith for this article about this curiously named tune whose only source is the Campbell Canntaireachd and which is published in the Kilberry book.  Another version known as The MacDonald's Salute is in Angus Mackay's book and book 11 of the PS collection.  It is likely that this...

James Campbell Archive expands

Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon, Craigellachie, Isabel MacKay, Bells of Perth, Clanranald's Salute, MacLeod of MacLeod's Lament, Blue Ribbon, End of the Great Bridge, I got a Kiss of the King's Hand now added to the collection of recordings made by James Campbell playing on the goose....

 

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.