The Piobaireachd Society
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Set Tunes 2019

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...

Annual Conference 2018 report and full proceedings

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...

Archie Kenneth 2018 report

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...

 

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.