The Piobaireachd Society
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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...

Annual Newsletter 2012

Piobaireachd Society Annual Newsletter 2012 The Society continues in good heart. Membership is now around 500. Thank you for your support. In particular we have many student members, surely getting good value for their £5 annual subscription. Our main event last year was the publication of Donald...

Conference 2011 Report

Conference Report 2011 It was another good conference by all accounts with a good mix of talk and tunes.  It might have been subtitled MacDonald as there was much reference to John and Donald. The COP lecture was given on Friday evening by Piobaireachd Society President Jack Taylor who talked...

 

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.