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What tune is this?

Can anyone identify this tune? The player is Iain Macfadyen.  Answers here please.  Tune name will be announced.  No prizes except the warm glow. [audio mp3="https://www.piobaireachd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Iain-MacFadyen-tune-unknown.mp3"][/audio]...

The Kings Taxes – in all its moods.

The Kings Taxes is set for the Gold Medal this year.  Have a listen to these newly posted recordings of William MacLean, Andrew Pitkeathly and Murray Henderson, all with their individual stamp and showing different interepretations and moods of this favourite masterpiece. Contrast these with those ...

Set Tunes 2018

THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2018 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2018: A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS Mrs Smith's Salute PS 9 The Red Hand in the MacDonalds' Arms PS 10 Good Health to You Donald PS 13 Sir James MacDonald of the Isl...

Annual Conference Report 2017

This was the 45th conference.  It is a unique event, much treasured, and always with a wealth of content.  Over the years it has moved from talk to tunes, and both were in the mix this year. Exerpts of 30 piobaireachd were played, old and new.  The fiddle was introduced too, help ma boab.  Was t...

 

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.