The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Set Tunes for the Senior Competitions in 2014

The following notes are from the piobaireachd judges’ seminars held on 17 November 2013 and 30 March 2014 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

Donald Gruamach’s March                                                               PS 2 p71; K p76

The Red Speckled Bull                                                                        PS 4 p105; K p30

Lament for the Union                                                                          PS 6 p190; K p53

Nameless ‘Cherede Darievea’                                                           PS 8 p227; K p69

The Laird of Anapool’s Lament                                                      PS 9 p276

The Red Hand in the MacDonalds’ Arms                                   PS 10 p296

The Battle of Waterloo                                                                     PS 11 p324

Abercairney’s Salute                                                                         PS 11 p357