The Piobaireachd Society
Patron HM The Queen

Set Tunes 2009


Set tunes requiring a crunluath a mach variation

Further to the announcement of the Set Tunes for 2009, the piobaireachd judges have decided that a crunluath a mach variation shall be mandatory in the following tunes set for 2009:

Gold Medal Competitions

Lament for Macdonald’s Tutor

Lament for the Dead

The Battle of Auldearn No 2

Silver Medal Competitions

The Mackays’ Banner

The Gathering of Clan Chattan

The Desperate Battle

Senior Competitions

No specific instructions are given, but judges will expect competitors to play a crunluath a mach variation in tunes where it is customary to do so.

The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of set tunes for competition in 2009:


The Earl of Ross’s March PS 10
Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon PS 2, K
The MacDonalds’ Salute                                     (*) Revised Score 2009 PS 11
Lament for the Duke of Hamilton PS 3, K
Rory MacLoude’s Lament PS 11, K
Lament for the Children PS 3, K
The Battle of Waternish PS 2, K
Lament for the Harp Tree PS 12, K
MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament PS 15, K
John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament PS 5, K
Lament for the Earl of Antrim PS 3, K
Mrs MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute PS 11, K
MacLeod of Colbeck’s Lament PS 10
Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon PS 3, K

Competitors will submit six tunes from the above list, one of which they will be required to play.

(*) The version of this tune in PS 11 is considered to be deficient and a revised version will be published in the next re-print of the book.   


Group 1

Lament for MacDonald’s Tutor PS 3, K
Lament for the Dead PS 11
The MacRaes’ March PS 10
Nameless: ‘Hiharin dro o dro’ PS 4, K

Group 2

Beloved Scotland PS 6, K
The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute PS 5, K
The Battle of Auldearn No 2 PS 2, K
Lament for the Viscount of Dundee PS 1, K

Competitors will submit two tunes from Group 1 and two tunes from Group 2.   They will be required to play one tune.


The Mackays’ Banner PS 7, K
Mackintosh’s Lament PS 8, K
Tulloch Ard PS 6, K
The Piper’s Warning to his Master PS 12, K
The Gathering of Clan Chattan PS 2, K
A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach PS 5, K
The Desperate Battle PS 7, K
Lament for Captain MacDougall PS 6, K

Competitors will submit four tunes from the above list, one of which they will be required to play.

PS = Piobaireachd Society Collection    K = Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

Competitors are not restricted to the settings or styles in the books mentioned above, and may play any other setting or style, provided that the judges may take into consideration the authenticity and merits of the setting or style submitted.

Competitors are advised to give advance notice to the judges should they intend to play settings or styles different from sources stated above.

Altogether different tunes known by the same or similar names will not be accepted as alternatives.

This announcement is made by the Piobaireachd Society to ensure earliest publication.  It is without prejudice to any arrangements made by either the Argyllshire Gathering or the Northern Meeting.
For the Music Committee

Alan Forbes, Honorary Secretary

24 Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 6BN