March 31, 2008

2009 Set Tunes announced by Piobaireachd Society

The Piobaireachd Society has revealed the tunes set for the major competitions in 2009, and the lists include mostly well known pieces of ceol mor that have appeared frequently over the years, many being popular with established competitors. It was also revealed by the Northern Meeting that judges for its 2008 competitions will include Canadians Jim McGillivray and Bill Livingstone, with McGillivray on the bench of the Clasp and A-Grade March, Strathspey & Reel and Livingstone being part of the panels for the Silver Medal and B-Grade Strathspey & Reel. The 2009 Set Tunes:

Senior Competitions
“The Earl of Ross’s March “PS 10
“Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon”PS 2, K
“The MacDonalds’ Salute”PS 11
“Lament for the Duke of Hamilton”PS 3, K
“Rory MacLoude’s Lament”PS 11, K
“The Battle of Waternish”PS 2, K
“Lament for the Harp Tree”PS 12, K
“MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament”PS 15, K
“John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament”PS 5, K
“Lament for the Earl of Antrim”PS 3, K
“Mrs MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute”PS 11, K
“MacLeod of Colbeck’s LamentPS 10
“Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”PS 3, K
“Lament for the Children”PS 3, K

The Piobaireachd Society indicated that a revised version of “The MacDonalds’ Salute” will be published soon to replace the erroneous existing one. Senior competitors submit six tunes and play one.

Gold Medal
Group 1
“Lament for MacDonald’s Tutor”PS 3, K
“Lament for the Dead”PS 11
“The MacRaes’ March”PS 10
“Nameless” (hiharin dro o dro)PS 4, K
Group 2
“Beloved Scotland”PS 6, K
“The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”PS 5, K
“The Battle of Auldearn” (No 2)PS 2, K
“Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”PS 1, K

Competitors in the Gold Medal events submit two tunes from each group and play one.

Silver Medal
“The Mackays’ BannerPS 7, K
“Mackintosh’s LamentPS 8, K
“Tulloch Ard”PS 6, K
“The Piper’s Warning to His Master”PS 12, K
“The Gathering of Clan Chattan”PS 2, K
“A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach”PS 5, K
“The Desperate Battle”PS 7, K
“Lament for Captain MacDougall”PS 6, K

Silver Medal competitors submit four tunes and play one.The Piobaireachd Society provided the usual warnings to competitors about playing settings or styles unfamiliar to judges, requesting advance notice, with unknown versions being unacceptable.About 70 pipers worldwide compete in the major piobaireachd events.p|dWhat do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comments system to provide your thoughts!Do you have news? Be sure to send your information to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.


  1. Just as a point to note, upon looking at the 2009 Set Tunes on the P.S. website, Lament for the Children is also on the Senior Tune list for 2009.



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