The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Conference Report 2013

The annual conference was held in Birnam Hotel Dunkeld on the weekend of 23rd/24th March.   Members can see and hear the full proceedings here. The first paper was given by Andrew Wright who considered the Piobaireachd Legacy of Donald MacLeod.  He played examples of some of Donald's compositio...

James Campbell recordings

James Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell Kilberry, left an archive of around 170 piobaireachd recorded on the goose to demonstrate the style of playing given to his father and which forms the basis of the Piobaireachd Society Collection and the Kilberry book.   James was a leading member of the Pi...

Lady Anapool’s Lament

A new recording of a BBC broadcast of Lady Anapool's Lament by John Stewart, Aberdeen is now available...

Set Tunes 2014

The set tunes for 2014 are now available Set Tunes 2014 - Notice...

 

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