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Piobaireachd Wednesday: Salute to the Great Pipe

Our tune this week was picked off of The Captain’s Corner blog, where I’ve found some great piobaireachd recordings. This was recorded at the Captain John MacLellan Recital in Edinburgh on October 15, 2011. Salute to the Great Pipe is the tune, a composition by the event’s namesake, and the player needs little introduction: Roddy MacLeod, MBE.

Sheet music for the tune can also be found through¬†The Captain’s Corner site.

If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.

Piobaireachd Wednesday: Sir James MacDonald of Isles’ Lament

Delving back into the results from the spring 2012 BagpipeLessons.com Online Piping Competition, our tune this week is one of my favorite wee tunes: Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ Lament. It’s not very long, but it’s very melodic and very enjoyable to play. The player is Soren Larson, and this performance earned him 3rd place in the grade 3 piobaireachd event.

If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.

Ready for the Worlds?

This is a video that has been making the rounds of various piping sites and blogs this week. If it doesn’t get you fired up for the World Pipe Band Championships, there’s something wrong with you.

For best results, set the quality to HD.

Mark your calendar: August 11, 2012!

Piobaireachd Wednesday: I Got A Kiss of the King’s Hand

For our tune this week, I’m again using a video recorded at a reglar match meeting of The Eagle Pipers’ Society. The player is Iain Spiers, the tune is I Got A Kiss of the King’s Hand, and the recording was made on October 25, 2011.

If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.

Piobaireachd Society Releases 2013 Set Tunes

The Piobaireachd Society this week announced their recommended set tunes for 2013 competition.

Senior Competitions (submit four, play one)

  1. The Blue Ribbon
  2. Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy
  3. The Old Men of the Shells
  4. Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament
  5. In Praise of Morag
  6. The Prince’s Salute
  7. Isabel Mackay
  8. Lady MacDonald’s Lament

Gold Medal Competitions (submit four, play one)

  1. The Battle of Bealach nam Brog
  2. Clanranald’s Salute
  3. MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament (No. 2)
  4. The MacDonalds are Simple
  5. Nameless (Hiharin odin, hiharin dro) (Angus Mackay’s MS)
  6. The Rout of Glenfruin
  7. The Vaunting
  8. The Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute

Silver Medal Competitions (submit four, play one)

  1. Duntroon’s March
  2. Fair Honey
  3. Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks
  4. Lady Anapool’s Lament
  5. Melbank’s Salute
  6. Lord MacDonald’s Lament
  7. All the Old Men paid rent but Rory
  8. The Parading of the MacDonalds

What are your thoughts on the tune selection this year?

Piobaireachd Wednesday: Macintosh of Borlum’s Salute

For our tune this week, I’ve selected one of 2012′s Gold Medal tunes:¬†Macintosh of Borlum’s Salute. The player is Canadian Andy Rogers, playing at a regular meeting of the Eagle Pipers’ Society in Edinburgh in January of this year.

If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.