The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

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John MacDonald of Inverness

John MacDonald of Inverness needs no introduction to the piobaireachd enthusiast.  He was an inspirational player and teacher whose piobaireachd lineage could be traced via the MacPhersons and the Camerons to the MacCrimmons. In this new article Roderick Cannon tells of his life and times.  Mor...

Archie MacNeill the Blind Piper

The talk about Archie MacNeill the Blind Piper given at the 2012 conference by Dugald MacNeill is now available for members. ...

Archie Kenneth Quaich 2013 Results

Alan Forbes, secretary of the music committee, who organises the competition writes Archie Kenneth Quaich 2013 The 21st Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur piobaireachd players was held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society rooms in Edinburgh on Saturday 2 March.   The competition ...

New tunes for non members

New tunes for those who are not members of the Piobaireachd Society have been put into the "Listen" section....

 

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