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 MarchPS 10
Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmonPS 2, K
The MacDonalds’ Salute                                   PS 11
Lament for the Duke of HamiltonPS 3, K
Rory MacLoude’s LamentPS 11, K
Lament for the ChildrenPS 3, K
The Battle of WaternishPS 2, K
Lament for the Harp TreePS 12, K
MacLeod of MacLeod’s LamentPS 15, K
John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s LamentPS 5, K
Lament for the Earl of AntrimPS 3, K
Mrs MacLeod of Talisker’s SalutePS 11, K
MacLeod of Colbeck’s LamentPS 10
Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmonPS 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 TutorPS 3, K
Lament for the DeadPS 11
The MacRaes’ MarchPS 10
Nameless: ‘Hiharin dro o dro’PS 4, K

Group 2

Beloved ScotlandPS 6, K
The Earl of Seaforth’s SalutePS 5, K
The Battle of Auldearn No 2PS 2, K
Lament for the Viscount of DundeePS 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’ BannerPS 7, K
Mackintosh’s LamentPS 8, K
Tulloch ArdPS 6, K
The Piper’s Warning to his MasterPS 12, K
The Gathering of Clan ChattanPS 2, K
A Flame of Wrath for Patrick CaogachPS 5, K
The Desperate BattlePS 7, K
Lament for Captain MacDougallPS 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.