The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Set Tunes 2015

The set tunes for 2015 have now been announced and are as follows. Set Tunes 2015...

Conference report 2014

Another successful conference was held March 22/23 in Birnam Hotel.  An excellent venue  - fine weather, beautiful surroundings, near to the heart of Piobaireachd history with the MacGregor's Glenlyon and John MacIntyre's Rannoch just up the road.  And local fiddler Neil Gow was being celebrated ...

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...

 

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.