The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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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...

Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg

A recording by Patrick Molard of the ground and a variation from the Campbell Canntaireachd which is not in the PS score has now been added to the tune page. ...

New edition of Book 9

The new edition of the Piobaireachd Society book nine is now available.  This contains corrections of Fair Honey and the other tunes in it are Battle of Bealach nam Brog Battle of Balladruishaig Lady Anapool's Lament His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie The Laird of Conrullich's Lament Lord Lov...

 

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.