The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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Recordings of Bill Livingstone

The following recordings of Bill Livingstone are now available.   Lament for the Harp Tree, Lament for the Only Son and Lachlan MacNeill Kintarbert's Fancy.  Thanks to Bill for giving permission to use these....

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...

Angus MacArthur Nameles a Lament

Thanks to Colin MacLellan for letting us have this recording of his father John MacLellan playing Angus MacArthur's Nameless a Lament....

Note on the Nether Lorn Canntaireachd

The note giving the key to the Nether Lorn Canntaireachd revised 1959 by Col J P Grant, C. B. of Rothiemurchus has now been added in the Piobaireachd Collections section of the reference library....

 

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.