Since the year 2000, Dr. William Donaldson has contributed his exclusive analysis of tunes set by the Piobaireachd Society for the major solo piping competitions at the Northern Meeting, Argyllshire Gathering and other significant events.
The author of the seminal work, The Highland Pipe & Scottish Society, Dr. Donaldson explores manuscripts inaccessible to most pipers, and compares and contrasts settings of these great tunes, which now number more than 100 in our series.
In addition to his work as a lecturer in Scottish history with the Open University, William Donaldson received more than eight years of ongoing instruction in ceol mor from the great Robert Bell Nicol of Balmoral, Scotland.
Dr. Donaldson also provides his on musical interpretation of the piobaireachds in MP3 file format.
Please note that the Set Tunes Series is available to all for free and copyright remains with Dr. Donaldson.
pipes|drums' presentation of Dr. William Donaldson's Set Tunes Series is the largest online collection of piobaireachd in the world. We are grateful to him for his work.
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.