Set Tunes

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.

Current Set Tunes Series

  • Abercairney’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Big Spree, The PDF MP3
  • Departure of King James, Lament for PDF MP3
  • MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute PDF MP3

Previous Years’ Set Tunes List

  • Aldearn, The Battle of (no.1) PDF MP3
  • Aldearn, The Battle of (number 2) PDF MP3
  • All the Old Men Paid Rent but Rory PDF MP3
  • Battle of Sherriffmuir, The PDF MP3
  • Bealach nam Brog, The Battle of PDF
  • Beinn a’ Ghriain PDF
  • Bells of Perth, The PDF MP3
  • Beloved Scotland PDF
  • Bicker, The PDF MP3
  • Black Donald’s March PDF
  • Black Wedder’s White Tail, The PDF MP3
  • Blind Piper’s Obstinacy, The PDF MP3
  • Blue Ribbon, The PDF MP3
  • Boat Tune, The PDF
  • Captain Donald MacKenzie, Lament for PDF
  • Captain Donald MacKenzie, Lament for (2) PDF MP3
  • Captain MacDougall, Lament for PDF MP3
  • Castle Menzies PDF MP3
  • Catherine’s Lament PDF
  • Children, Lament for the PDF
  • Chisholm’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Clan Chattan’s Gathering PDF
  • Clanranald’s Salute PDF
  • Cluny MacPherson’s Salute PDF
  • Colin Roy MacKenzie’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Corrienessan’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Craigellachie PDF
  • Craigellachie (3) PDF MP3
  • Daughter’s Lament, The PDF MP3
  • Dead, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Desperate Battle, The PDF MP3
  • Donald Ban MacCrimmon, Lament for PDF
  • Donald Gruamach’s March PDF
  • Donald of Laggan, Lament for PDF
  • Duke of Atholl’s Salute, The PDF MP3
  • Duke of Hamilton, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Duke of Hamilton, Lament for the PDF
  • Duntroon’s March PDF MP3
  • Earl of Antrim, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Earl of Ross’s March, The PDF
  • Earl of Seaforth’s Salute, The PDF
  • End of the Great Bridge, The PDF
  • End of the Great Bridge, The (II) PDF MP3
  • Fair Honey PDF MP3
  • Farewell to the Laird of Islay PDF
  • Farewell to the Laird of Islay (2) PDF MP3
  • Finger Lock, The PDF
  • Finger Lock, The (2) PDF MP3
  • Finlay’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach, A PDF
  • Gathering of the MacNabs, The PDF
  • Glen Is Mine, The PDF
  • Glen Is Mine, The (revised) PDF MP3
  • Glengarry’s March PDF
  • Glengarry’s March (2) PDF MP3
  • Good Health To You, Donald PDF MP3
  • Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks PDF MP3
  • Groat, The PDF MP3
  • Gunns’ Salute, The PDF MP3
  • Hail To My Country PDF
  • Harp Tree, Lament for the PDF
  • Hector MacLean’s Warning PDF MP3
  • His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie PDF
  • I Am Proud To Play A Pipe PDF MP3
  • I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand PDF
  • In Praise of Morag PDF
  • Introduction to the 2006 Set Tunes Series PDF
  • Isabel MacKay PDF MP3
  • John Garbh MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament PDF
  • John Garbh MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament (revised) PDF MP3
  • Keppoch’s March PDF MP3
  • King George III’s Lament PDF MP3
  • King’s Taxes, The PDF MP3
  • Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy PDF MP3
  • Lady Annapool’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Lady Doyle’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Lady MacDonald’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Laird of Anapool, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg PDF MP3
  • Little Spree, The PDF
  • Little Supper, Lament for the PDF
  • Lochnell’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Lord Lovat’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Lord MacDonald’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Lost Pibroch: Introduction to the Set Tunes Series 2009 PDF
  • MacCrimmon Will Never Return PDF MP3
  • MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart PDF
  • MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament (no. 1) PDF MP3
  • MacDonald’s (or Duntroon’s) Salute PDF MP3
  • MacDonald’s Tutor, Lament for PDF
  • MacDonald’s Tutor, Lament for (revised) PDF MP3
  • MacDonalds are Simple, The PDF MP3
  • MacDonalds’ Salute, The PDF
  • MacDonalds’ Salute, The (revised) PDF MP3
  • MacFarlanes’ Gathering, The PDF
  • MacGregor’s Gathering/Salute PDF MP3
  • MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute PDF MP3
  • MacIntosh’s Lament PDF MP3
  • MacIntyres’ Salute, The PDF
  • MacKays’ Banner, The PDF MP3
  • MacKays’ Banner, The PDF
  • MacKays’ Short Tune, The PDF MP3
  • MacKenzie of Applecross’s Salute PDF MP3
  • MacKenzie of Gairloch’s Lament PDF
  • MacLeans’ March, The PDF MP3
  • MacLeod of Colbecks, Lament for PDF
  • MacLeod of Colbecks, Lament for (revised) PDF MP3
  • MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament PDF MP3
  • MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament PDF
  • MacLeod’s Short Tune PDF MP3
  • MacLeods’ Controversy, The PDF
  • MacLeods’ Salute, The PDF
  • MacNab’s Salute, The Clan PDF MP3
  • MacNeill of Barra’s March PDF MP3
  • MacRaes’ March, The PDF MP3
  • MacSwan of Roaig, Lament for PDF MP3
  • March for a Beginner PDF
  • Mary MacLeod, Lament for PDF
  • Mary’s Praise PDF
  • Mary’s Praise (2) PDF MP3
  • Massacre of Glencoe, The PDF
  • Melbank’s Salute PDF
  • Menzies’ Salute, The PDF MP3
  • Mrs. MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute PDF
  • Mrs. Smith’s Salute PDF MP3
  • My Dearest on Earth, Give Me Your Kiss PDF MP3
  • My King Has Landed In Moidart PDF MP3
  • Nameless (cherede darievea) PDF
  • Nameless – Hiharin dro o dro PDF MP3
  • Nameless – Hiharin odin, hiharin dro PDF
  • Old Men of the Shells, The PDF MP3
  • Only Son, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Parading of the MacDonalds, The PDF MP3
  • Park Piobaireachd #2, The PDF
  • Park Piobaireachd, The #2 (II) PDF MP3
  • Pass of Crieff, The Battle of the PDF
  • Patrick Og MacCrimmon, Lament for PDF
  • Patrick Og MacCrimmon, Lament for (revised) PDF MP3
  • Piper’s Warning to His Master, The PDF
  • Porst Ullare PDF MP3
  • Prince’s Salute, The PDF MP3
  • Prince’s Salute, The PDF
  • Queen Anne’s Lament PDF MP3
  • Red Speckled Bull, The PDF MP3
  • Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament PDF
  • Rout of Glenfruin, The PDF
  • Rout of Glenfruin, The (revised) PDF MP3
  • Rout of the Lowland Captain, The PDF MP3
  • Rout of the MacPhees, The PDF MP3
  • Scarce of Fishing PDF
  • Sobieski’s Salute PDF MP3
  • Stewarts’ White Banner, The PDF
  • Stewarts’ White Banner, The (II) PDF MP3
  • Strome, The Battle of PDF MP3
  • title PDF MP3
  • Tulloch Ard PDF MP3
  • Union, Lament for the PDF MP3
  • Unjust Incarceration, The PDF
  • Unjust Incarceration, The (2) PDF MP3
  • Vaunting, The PDF
  • Viscount of Dundee, Lament for PDF MP3
  • War or Peace PDF MP3
  • Waternish, The Battle of PDF
  • Waternish, The Battle of (revised) PDF MP3
  • Weighing From Land PDF MP3
  • William Donaldson’s Introduction to the 2005 Set Tunes Series PDF
  • William Donaldson’s Introduction to the 2007 Set Tunes Series PDF
  • William Donaldson’s Set Tunes 2008 Introduction: “What are the neighbours up to?” PDF
  • You’re Welcome, Ewen Lochiel PDF MP3
  • Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute, The PDF MP3
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