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    Includes book launch of 45 unpublished tunes.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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News

British Columbia Pipers R U Brown Archive

We are extremely grateful to BC Pipers for giving permission for us to publish their recordings of R U Brown during his visit to Vancouver in 1957.  He played 24 piobaireachd, mostly complete tunes. The Kings Taxes, The Glen is Mine, Lament for the Old Sword, Glengarry's March, The Blue Ribbon, ...

New recordings

Recordings of Ronald MacDonald of Morar by Hector Macfadyen, Lady MacDonald's Lament by Duncan MacFadyen, and The Stewart's White Banner by Callum Beumont have now been added to the website....

John Smith Manuscript

A manuscript of 79 Piobaireachd written by John Smith (1840-1877) given to the Piobaireachd Society in 1928 has now been added to the website.  In contains some tunes not published elsewhere, such as the Brothers Lament, and many settings not heard today.  Hiharins are written several ways, taorl...

Set tunes 2016

The set tunes for 2016 are now available here. Score for the MacDonald's Salute Thank you to Colin MacLellan for providing the definitive score for The Phantom Piper of Corrieayairack and a recording of its composer, his father, John MacLellan playing it. Notes on 2015 Senior Tunes   ...

 

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.