The Piobaireachd Society
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Archie Kenneth Quaich 2018

THE ARCHIE KENNETH QUAICH COMPETITION The twenty-sixth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 3rd March 2018, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers' Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10 a.m. Entries and e...

Conference 2017 tunes and talks

The talks and recordings made at this year's conference are now available to Piobaireachd Society members here, including the fiddle pibroch which was the highlight for some. Sit back and enjoy!  ...

MacDougall’s Gathering

Several new recordings of the ever popular and magnificant MacDougall's Gathering have been added. Listen especially to Pipe Major Angus MacDonald singing it. The quality of singing is outstanding, and it is an example of canntaireachd as it is meant to be - sung, not written....

More newly published Campbell Canntaireachd tunes

Here, played by Patrick Molard is the strangely named "Comely Tune" as it appears in the Campbell Canntaireachd, where it has no name. The opening vocables are Hindo rodin, repeated 3 times, and it is tune 53 in the first volume of  the Campbell MS. And here is "One of the Cragich", one of the f...

 

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