The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

News

The Kings Taxes – in all its moods.

The Kings Taxes is set for the Gold Medal this year.  Have a listen to these newly posted recordings of William MacLean, Andrew Pitkeathly and Murray Henderson, all with their individual stamp and showing different interepretations and moods of this favourite masterpiece. Contrast these with those ...

Set Tunes 2018

THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2018 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2018: A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS Mrs Smith's Salute PS 9 The Red Hand in the MacDonalds' Arms PS 10 Good Health to You Donald PS 13 Sir James MacDonald of the Isle...

Annual Conference Report 2017

This was the 45th conference.  It is a unique event, much treasured, and always with a wealth of content.  Over the years it has moved from talk to tunes, and both were in the mix this year. Exerpts of 30 piobaireachd were played, old and new.  The fiddle was introduced too, help ma boab.  Was t...

Archie Kenneth Quaich 2017

Record Entry for Archie Kenneth Quaich 2017 The 25th annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society's rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 March.   The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society as one of their ways...

 

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.