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MacDougall’s Gathering

Several new recordings of the ever popular and magnificant MacDougall's Gathering have been added. Listen especially to Pipe Major Angus MacDonald singing it. The quality of singing is outstanding, and it is an example of canntaireachd as it is meant to be - sung, not written....

More newly published Campbell Canntaireachd tunes

Here, played by Patrick Molard is the strangely named "Comely Tune" as it appears in the Campbell Canntaireachd, where it has no name. The opening vocables are Hindo rodin, repeated 3 times, and it is tune 53 in the first volume of  the Campbell MS. And here is "One of the Cragich", one of the f...

Silver Medal Tunes 2017 – additional notes

Thanks to Alan Forbes for preparing this list of additional notes about the tunes set for the Silver Medal 2017.  Please contact us with any queries. Notes on 2017 Silver Medal Tunes  ...

20th Century Collection Errata

Here is an updated errata for the Piobaireachd Society 20th Century Collection. The Piobaireachd Society 20th C corrections 17.5.17...

 

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.