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James Campbell Archive expands

Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon, Craigellachie, Isabel MacKay, Bells of Perth, Clanranald's Salute, MacLeod of MacLeod's Lament, Blue Ribbon, End of the Great Bridge, I got a Kiss of the King's Hand now added to the collection of recordings made by James Campbell playing on the goose....

New recordings – Malcolm Macrae and R U Brown

The first recordings we have of Malcolm Macrae have now been added to the website.  He plays Battle of Auldearn (2) Battle of Waternish Battle of Strome and The Red Speckled Bull. A recording of RU Brown playing Black Donald's March has also been added...

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.

 

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