The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Salute to the Famous 13th, 42nd and 73rd

Composed by Master Corporal Jeff McCarthy in honour of the 150th anniversary of The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada 1862-2012.  The composition was inspired by the regiment's 150th anniversary in 2012....

John MacDonald of Inverness

John MacDonald of Inverness needs no introduction to the piobaireachd enthusiast.  He was an inspirational player and teacher whose piobaireachd lineage could be traced via the MacPhersons and the Camerons to the MacCrimmons. In this new article Roderick Cannon tells of his life and times.  Mor...

Archie MacNeill the Blind Piper

The talk about Archie MacNeill the Blind Piper given at the 2012 conference by Dugald MacNeill is now available for members. ...

Archie Kenneth Quaich 2013 Results

Alan Forbes, secretary of the music committee, who organises the competition writes Archie Kenneth Quaich 2013 The 21st Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 2 March.   The competition ...

 

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