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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...

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...

 

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.