This was a smaller contest than previous due to severe snow on the day and the two days before. We had 25 pipers initially on the list and on the day 13 appeared. Those included pipers from the USA, Germany, and the frozen West of Scotland. A lot of effort was made to attend in these difficult circu...
The Society continues to flourish, although, as with Piobaireachd itself, things can move slowly. And isn't that one of Piobaireachd's attractions in todays frenetic world? The long lingering notes, the slow pulsing rythm, the blend of chanter and drone - who needs mindfulness? But things do ha...
The Campbell Canntaireachd often contains different settings of well known tunes. Two examples are MacCrimmon's Sweetheart and Gathering of Clan Chattan. Thanks to Patrick Molard for his transcription and playing of these....
The notes from the judges seminar on the 2018 Gold Medal Tunes are below. They have also been added to each tune page, where there are new recordings of some of the tunes. We are grateful to the players for giving permission to use previous recordings, to those who made new recordings for the pu...
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