The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

Conference Report 2012

Annual Conference Report 2012 The annual conference was held in the Birnam hotel on 24/25 March. This proved a successful venue – easy transport links, excellent comfort and service, and a splendid conference hall with a high arched ceiling making for a first class pipe acoustic. And pipes were h...

Archie Kenneth Results

The results of the Archie Kenneth Quaich which took place in the Royal Scottish Piper's Society Rooms on 3rd March 2012 are as follows 1. John Frater                The Old Men of the Shells 2. Tom Peterkin             Salute to Donald 3. Eric McKimmon     ...

Stories of 2012 Set Tunes

Senior Tunes  The Finger Lock This tune is credited to Ronald MacDonald of Morar (c.1700). One story suggests that Calum Mac Raibert was sent by the Earl toMullto learn the pipes from a master player. Calum was young and careless, and he was rather stiff-fingered. However after learning this ...

Archie Kenneth Quaich

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twentieth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 3rd March 2012, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am. Entries and enquir...

 

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.