The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Set Tunes for the Gold Medal Competitions in 2014

The following notes are from the piobaireachd judges’ seminars held on 17 November 2013 and 30 March to discuss the set tunes.   They are published in the hope that they will be of some interest to competing pipers and others.   They should, however, be regarded only as the output from an informal discussion and neither as a complete and authoritative analysis of the tunes nor as a set of directions on how they should be played.   Likewise, the sources listed should not be taken to be comprehensive.

There are sound clips of some of the tunes, illustrating possible ways of playing them, in the members’ section of the Piobaireachd Society’s website at

Alan Forbes

Music Committee Secretary

The Big Spree                                                                                          PS 1 p11

The Battle of the Pass of Crieff                                                        PS 1 p15; K p90

Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute                                               PS 3 p93; K p29

Lament for the Departure of King James                                    PS 3 p89; K p68

Patrick Og MacCrimmon’s Lament                                                PS 3 p83; K p71

Lament for the Only Son                                                                    PS 6 p160; K p87

His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie                              PS 9 p273

MacNeill of Barra’s March                                                                 PS 10 p314