The Piobaireachd Society
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New recordings – Malcolm Macrae and R U Brown

The first recordings we have of Malcolm Macrae have now been added to the website.  He plays Battle of Auldearn (2) Battle of Waternish Battle of Strome and The Red Speckled Bull. A recording of RU Brown playing Black Donald's March has also been added...

Archie Kenneth Quaich 1st March 2014

Results 1   Bob Low, Wales                                      Nameless - 'Hiharin dro o dro' 2   Alan Forbes, Edinburgh                        Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay 3   Colin MacNeill, Edinburgh                    Lament for Donald o...

What does the name “A Ghlas” mean?

Thank you to Ronald Smith for submitting this article casting doubt on the notion that "A Ghlas" simply means a tuning phrase. What does 'A Ghlas' mean? There are four tunes with the enigmatic name 'A Glas', all in the Nether Lorne MS, although one, 'A Glas Mheur', is found elsewhere and is well-k...

Grain in Hides CC translation of T+C now added

We omitted to post the Taorluath and Crunluath Variations of Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks as translated from the Campbell Canntaireachd by Andrew Wright.   There are some differences from the PS book 5 setting.  These are referred to in the notes under (2) and (3)....

 

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.