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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  Desperate Battle of the Birds (Ben Duncan), Rory MacLeod’s Lament to V1 (Cameron Drummond),Lord Lovat's Lament to V1 (Nick Hudson). Crunluath  Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor MacLeod (John Burgess),Lament for Mary MacLeod (Hugh MacCallum) The Piping Hour  27 June Old Men of...

More Campbell Canntaireachd Recordings

Three more recordings of tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd are now available, played by Patrick Molard. Duntroon's March Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks Nameless CC V1 28...

 

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.