The notes from the recent judges seminar on the 2018 senior set tunes are on each tune page, under set tunes, and below. These have been compiled by Hugh Jameison. Thank you to the pipers who gave permission for the recordings of some of these tunes - Good Heath to You Donald (Iain Speirs), Sal...
Tickets are available on the door and below for this event which is surely a must for all piping enthusiasts. Some of the best tunes will be played by top players in Scotland's oldest purpose built concert hall. The absence of on-stage tuning will create a unique musical atmosphere. Tickets...
THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2019 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2019 A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS The Finger Lock PS 1, K The Bells of Perth PS 2, K Donald Gruamach's March PS 2, K Scarce of Fishing PS 3, K The Daughter's Lament...
This was our 46th conference. Full proceedings including videos are available for members here The presentations were thoughtful, polished, enthusiastic and at times contentious, but the debate was perhaps less vigorous than of yore. Have a look at the report of our very first conference, a...
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.
2) Iain Speirs - MacSwan of Roaig Lament for
3) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie