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