Tag: Piobaireachd Society

Dr. Angus MacDonald: 200 years … yet pipers still play parrot-fashion

Dr. Angus MacDonald: 200 years … yet pipers still play parrot-fashion

Dr. Angus MacDonald 2020 marks 200 years since Donald MacDonald produced his first volume of piobaireachd in staff notation. This is the oldest comprehensive written record of ceòl mòr by a piper. A pioneering work, he tackled the difficult problem of committing intricate piobaireachd embellishments to staff notation. He was […]

The ruins of John MacKay's house at the southern end of Raasay.

The John MacKay manuscript, pt. 2

• From the June 1997 Piping Times. By Captain John A. MacLellan My second illustration is a typical page of the manuscript in what is thought would be the original form for the whole manuscript. As you can see it is really a framework with the notes written in crotchet […]

Piobaireachd names in Gaelic – curios, mix-ups and puzzles

Piobaireachd names in Gaelic – curios, mix-ups and puzzles

• From the January 2008 Piping Times. By Angus Nicol The End of the Great Bridge or ‘Ceann Drochaid Mhoire’ (ceown drochitch voiruh) is something of a mix-up. Drochaid is feminine, so it should, in the genitive, be drochaide. But with the article it na drochaide (nuh drochitchuh). So the […]

2020 Set Tunes

2020 Set Tunes

The Piobaireachd Society has announced the tunes required for the 2020 Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting ceòl mòr competitions. The Senior events (the Clasp at Inverness and Senior Piobaireachd at Oban) comprise some of the most demanding pieces in the repertoire whilst pipers competing for the Gold Medals and Silver […]

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

By Peter McCalister For better or worse, tune settings in the Kilberry book, and in the Piobaireachd Society’s (PS) collection, have become known as the ‘usual’ versions – and other versions as ‘alternative’ settings. Why play an alternative setting of a tune? The PS has, over the last 80 years […]