2018 Archie Kenneth Quaich – APC and Lament for Finlay

For your consideration: Lament for Finlay (PS 024). Here are the notes from the judges (as published in Piping Press, a Rab Wallace site): Outstanding amongst this list was David Hester who had come from the USA to play a tune he learned directly from the Campbell Canntaireachd – Finlays’ Lament. This was a powerful […]

Original Piobaireachd Society Series – Volume 4

By the time Volume 4 hit the shelves, the Society, enough dissatisfaction with the scores had been voiced that the Piobaireachd Society invited professional pipers into its ranks, including John Macdonald of Inverness,  John MacDougall Gillies, and William Ross (Scot Guards).  That this was a simple political ploy, however, is evident not only in internal […]

Original Piobaireachd Society Series – Volume 3

Volume 3 continues the “hit parade” of pibroch as we know it today.  It should be clear that the effort by the Piobaireachd Society to re-introduce “the playing of Piobaireachd not now generally known, or at anyrate [sic] not heard at competitions” was a “successful” one, insofar as the effort at shaping the competition repertoire […]

Original Piobaireachd Society Series – Volume 2

The first volume’s publication was not a hit, by any means.  The competitive pipers rebelled against the requirement that they follow the published scores note-for-note: the living pibroch tradition was not, by any means, accurately captured by Angus MacKay’s printed scores.  In order to meet the strict standard set by the Society, many of the […]