The Piobaireachd Society
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Grain in Hides CC translation of T+C now added

We omitted to post the Taorluath and Crunluath Variations of Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks as translated from the Campbell Canntaireachd by Andrew Wright.   There are some differences from the PS book 5 setting.  These are referred to in the notes under (2) and (3)....

New information Kinlochmoidart 2 and MacDonalds are Simple

The following has been noted about Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart 2 and the MacDonalds are Simple Kinclochmoidart no 2 In V2 singling and doubling line 1 repeat Angus MacKay and Binneas have BC not AC before hiharin/taorlauth beats. MacKay has this in line 3, Binneas does not.  BC is more...

Instant Membership

Until now joining the Piobaireachd Society was done via the College of Piping. This meant there was a delay before new members could have the benefits of all the recordings on the website and the conference proceedings and articles. Now new members join directly from the website and will therefor...

More James Campbell recordings

Glengarry's March, Scarce of Fishing, Struan Robertson's Salute, Flame of Wrath for Patrick Coagach, Blind Piper's Obstinacy, MacLeod of Raasay's Salute, Catherines Lament ,John Garve MacLeod of Raasay's Lament, Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon, Earl of Seaforth's Salute, Big Spree, Old Woman's Lull...

 

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