Keydet Piper I'm thinking bagpipes

Category Archives: Piobaireachd

Lament for Mary MacLeod

This morning, for reasons I have not yet discovered, I’ve had bits and pieces of the piobaireachd Lament for Mary MacLeod running through my head. It’s not a tune I play, or have even heard recently, so I’m not sure why it’s been in my brain. Regardless, it made me want to listen to the whole thing, so I thought I’d share with you the recording I found: Colin Campbell playing at a meeting of the Eagle Pipers’ Society in May 2011.

Have a piobaireachd today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a piobaireachd, so here’s one for you Friday afternoon/evening: Alex Gandy from the 2012 Metro Cup in Newark, New Jersey last February. He’s playing, I believe, The Daughter’s Lament. The video only has 209 views as of this posting, which is tragic. Enjoy, and tell your friends.

With a name like that, it has to be good

Have you ever learned a piobaireachd (or wanted to) just because it has a cool name? The 2013 Set Tunes have two gems on them:

  • The MacDonalds Are Simple
  • All The Old Men Paid Rent But Rory

I know absolutely nothing about those tunes, but with names like that they have to be good.

What are your favorite tune names?

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.

Piobaireachd Wednesday: The Bicker

This is the first of the series of Piobaireachd Wednesdays resulting from my visit to Winter Storm on the weekend of January 13-14, 2012. I was able to watch the U.S. Silver Medal almost in its entirety; I heard and recorded 17 competitors. I won’t post all of the recordings here (as I mentioned before the tune selection was not widely varied), but I will post the prize list. The top five players ended up playing four different tunes, so I figured the repetition would be minimal there.

Our tune this week is the tune that won the Silver Medal: The Bicker. The player is Colin Clansey, who is from Kingston, Ontario. Colin has been a consistent prizewinner in the Ontario piping scene for at least several years, and according to what I was able to turn up with a few minutes on the internet is that he is the pipe major of the grade 2 Glengarry Pipe Band. This was really a great tune, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it person. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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

Piobaireachd Wednesday Bonus: Catherine’s Lament

This is the next of the series of Piobaireachd Wednesdays resulting from my visit to Winter Storm on the weekend of January 13-14, 2012. I was able to watch the U.S. Silver Medal almost in its entirety; I heard and recorded 17 competitors. I won’t post all of the recordings here (as I mentioned before the tune selection was not widely varied), but I will post the prize list. The top five players ended up playing four different tunes, so I figured the repetition would be minimal there.

Here is your second bonus tune, the second place performance of Catherine’s Lament. The player is Ben McClamrock from Baltimore, Maryland; Ben plays with the City of Washington Pipe Band, and has distinguished himself in solo competitions in the US and Scotland. Having heard this performance in person, I’ll vouch for the fact that Ben’s pipes had a great sound, possibly the best drone sound of anyone I heard. It paid off well for him, and I’m sure he’ll be excited to try to move up one more place next year.
If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.

Piobaireachd Wednesday Bonus: You’re Welcome, Ewan Lochiel

This is the next of the series of Piobaireachd Wednesdays resulting from my visit to Winter Storm on the weekend of January 13-14, 2012. I was able to watch the U.S. Silver Medal almost in its entirety; I heard and recorded 17 competitors. I won’t post all of the recordings here (as I mentioned before the tune selection was not widely varied), but I will post the prize list. The top five players ended up playing four different tunes, so I figured the repetition would be minimal there.

So as not to spread the Winter Storm tunes out too much, I’ve decided to do a bonus tune mid-week. You can thank me later. The bonus tune is You’re Welcome, Ewan Lochiel, played by Dan Lyden. Dan is from Baltimore, Maryland and is the pipe major of the City of Washington Pipe Band. This performance earned him 4th place in the contest.
If you’d like to submit a tune to be featured on Piobaireachd Wednesday, please email me.

Piobaireachd Wednesday: Catherine’s Lament

This is the first of the series of Piobaireachd Wednesdays resulting from my visit to Winter Storm on the weekend of January 13-14, 2012. I was able to watch the U.S. Silver Medal almost in its entirety; I heard and recorded 17 competitors. I won’t post all of the recordings here (as I mentioned before the tune selection was not widely varied), but I will post the prize list. The top five players ended up playing four different tunes, so I figured the repetition would be minimal there.

Working up the prize list, our fist tune is Catherine’s Lament. The player is Jamie Troy from Victoria, British Columbia. Jamie is also an accomplished drummer, having played snare with the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band when they competed at the Worlds in 2008. As you can tell from this recording, he knows a few things about piobaireachd as well; this solid performance earned him fifth place. Enjoy!

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

Piobaireachd Wednesday: Glengarry’s March

Our tune this week is from a “match” of the Eagle Pipers’ Society. The player is Derek Midgley, who is originally from New Jersey and has resided for some time in Glasgow. He’s distinguished himself as a solo competitor in Scotland, and I think you can see why from this video, recorded in November 2010.

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