The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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New tunes for non members

New tunes for those who are not members of the Piobaireachd Society have been put into the "Listen" section....

Names of Tunes in the Nether Lorn Manuscript

Some thoughts about tune names in the Nether Lorn Manuscript (Campbell Canntaireachd) by Ronald Smith.  Ronald Smith is an amateur piper who learnt from Dr. Roderick Ross, Hugh MacCrae, Donald MacMillan, Malcolm MacPherson, Robert Nicol, and James MacGregor....

Lament for Liam

This tune was composed for a friend and former student of the composer, and for her family.  Their son, Liam, passed away the day before he was born; a devastating loss....

Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline  Craigellachie (Glen Brown)Lament for Viscount Dundee (Lewis Russell), Lord Lovat's Lament (Craig Sutherland), End of the Great Bridge (Angus MacColl), Scarce of Fishing (Iain Speirs)Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck (Callum Beumont),Lament for the Earl of Antrim (Jack Lee). ...

 

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