The Piobaireachd Society
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Malcolm MacPherson stories and singing

Thank you to Ronald Smith for these two good stories about Malcolm R MacPherson.  The Piobaireachd collection Binneas is Boreraig is based on Malcolm's playing and the broadcast about him my Seamus MacNeill can be heard here. Teaching Donald of Laggan to Seamus MacNeill When Malcolm passed aw...

Judges Notes for 2014 Set Tunes

The notes from the November Judges Seminar about the first half of the set tunes lists are available below. Notes on 2014 Senior Tunes Notes on 2014 Gold Medal Tunes Notes on 2014 Silver Medal Tunes...

Archie Kenneth Quaich 1st March 2014

Results 1   Bob Low, Wales                                      Nameless - 'Hiharin dro o dro' 2   Alan Forbes, Edinburgh                        Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay 3   Colin MacNeill, Edinburgh                    Lament for Donald o...

What does the name “A Ghlas” mean?

Thank you to Ronald Smith for submitting this article casting doubt on the notion that "A Ghlas" simply means a tuning phrase. What does 'A Ghlas' mean? There are four tunes with the enigmatic name 'A Glas', all in the Nether Lorne MS, although one, 'A Glas Mheur', is found elsewhere and is well-k...

 

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.