The Piobaireachd Society
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New edition of book 10

The Piobaireachd Society's Book 10 - Revised Edition 2016 Book 10 of the Piobaireachd Society's collection was first published in 1961 and has been re-printed several times since then.   It was the tenth, and last, book edited by the redoubtable Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, who was, at that ...

War or Peace

Thanks to Peter McCalister for this article on War or Peace, or Cogadh no Sith to give it the Gaelic title.  There are many different versions reflecting that it was popular and widespread.  Tempo of Piobaireachd over the years is always interesting.  It first appears in Joseph MacDonald's treati...

Patron’s Fund gift to Piobaireachd Society

The Piobaireachd Society is very grateful to have received £2500 from the Patron's Fund. This fund was set up to benefit charities of whom The Queen is Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.  The gift will be used to extend funding of our bursary which gives young pipers without easy acc...

Lacrimae – A new Piobaireachd

Janette Montague has composed a new Piobaireachd called Lacrimae. She is arranging for a video recording of it to be made, featuring Willie McCallum and Jim MacGillvray, with Craig Muirhead on keyboard. She is keen to attract funding to do this, and details are available here  Contributions are ...

 

Welcome

When the Highlands and Islands of Scotland adopted the bagpipe, perhaps some seven hundred years ago, pipers began to develop it 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’).

Piobaireachd is unique to this instrument. It cannot be successfully reproduced on any other. (The name piobaireachd is literally ‘piping’ in Gaelic.)

This classical pipe music consists of a theme, known as the ground, or in Gaelic the urlar (‘oorlar’), and variations on this theme.

The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes, in the ‘gathering’ tunes, a peremptory warning or call to arms.

Variations on the theme usually progress to the ‘crunluath’ variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishments or gracenotes.

The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.

 

1) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie
2) Iain Speirs - MacSwan of Roaig Lament for
3) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie