The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Piobaireachd Society Annual Conference

Saturday/Sunday 25/26 March
Birnam Hotel, Perth Road, Dunkeld, Perthshire PH8 0BQ.

For Bed and Breakfast and conference dinner book direct with the hotel on  01350 728030 or online.

  • Angus McKay revisited - Robert Wallace
  • CLASP - Margaret Dunn, Gordon Hislop, Gill Cairns.
  • New Tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd - Patrick Molard, Jack Taylor.
    Includes book launch of 45 unpublished tunes.
  • Fiddling and Piobaireachd - Pete Clark
  • Set Tunes demonstration - John Frater, Peter McCalister, Bill Wotherspoon
  • Dinner and Ceilidh

For further information contact Roderick Livingstone, Treasurer:
Email: roddy66@gmx.com
Telephone: 07801 014885

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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.