The Piobaireachd Society is now accepting affiliate memberships from piping societies, bands, forces regiments and other corporate bodies with an interest in ceol mor.

Memberships cost £15 per annum and in return the secretary or chairman or other nominated official has full access to the Society’s website and music archive.

President Robert Wallace said: ‘It has always been our rules that we should allow memberships from ‘battalions of the regular forces’ and ‘other societies with similar objects’ but this has lapsed over the last several years.

‘The General Committee now wishes to encourage such memberships. Not only will it hopefully be another small income stream for the Society, but the affiliate member will have the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting us in our work preserving and promoting ceol mor.

‘The affiliate member will be entitled to carry the Society’s logo on its website and/or paperwork, and have full access to our considerable archive of manuscripts and recordings. This might be useful for a teaching body, radio station or competition promoter.’

Any pipe band, piping society or club wishing to take advantage of this new offer should simply click on ‘Join’ at the top of this page. Other available memberships are: Student (1 year): £5; Individual (1 year): £15; Individual (3 years): £40.

The Society now has several recordings by William M MacDonald (Inverness) in its archive. WM MacDonald was a pupil of John MacDonald, Inverness, and Robert Nicol, Balmoral, and P/M Donald MacLeod.

William M MacDonald, Inverness

He won the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness in the same year, 1955, playing the Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon (Inverness) and The Vaunting (Oban).

In his retirement he recorded many tunes. The Society is grateful to his son Brian for permission to publish these and also to former President Dr Jack Taylor for his work in preparing and uploading these recordings.

Jack says: ‘Of particular interest will be the Lament for the Laird of Anapool during which recording Mr MacDonald discusses the setting of the tune. The discussion took place in 1947 in John MacDonald’s house with a lot of pipers present.

‘They thought it must be a Patrick Mor MacCrimmon composition being so like the Lament for the Children in structure, but Bridget MacKenzie’s subsequent research indicates strongly it is an Ian Dall MacKay composition. The Laird of Anapool is a 2020 senior tune so should be of interest to some.’

The following tunes are now available. Those in black are for Piobaireachd Society members only.

Battle of Auldearn
Big Spree
Black Donald’s March
Blue Ribbon
Bicker, The
Castle Menzies
Clan MacNab’s Salute
Company’s Lament
Finlay’s Lament
Glen is Mine
Glengarry’s Lament
Glengarry’s March
Good Health to you Donald
His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie
Lady MacDonald’s Lament
Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay
Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart
Lament for the Children
Lament for the Laird of Anapool
Lament for the Old Sword
Lament for the Only Son
MacDonald’s Salute
MacKay’s Banner
MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament
MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute
MacLeod’s Salute
Parading of the MacDonalds
Princes Salute
Unjust Incarceration
Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute