July 31, 2000

Piobaireachd Society Announces Set Tunes for 2001

The Piobaireachd Society has announced its recommended lists of tunes for Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Senior competitions at the 2001 Argyllshire Gathering, Northern Meeting and Piobaireachd Society (Canada) competitions.

After enduring some controversy over the course of 1999-2000 for requiring competitors in the various events to submit six tunes, rather than the relatively normal four, the organization has decided to keep the same structure in place for 2001. The number of tunes from which to choose has been increased to 10, however, up two from the 2000 lists.

The senior events, which comprise the Clasp at Inverness and Senior Piobaireachd at Oban, will be required to submit only four tunes from a list of eight. The Piobaireachd Society brought the 2000 requirement for the senior events down to four from six after pressure was placed on the organization by competitors.

2001 Set Tunes List

Senior Competitions

“Lament for the Duke of Hamilton” (Bk 3, K)
“The MacDonald’s Salute” (Bk 11, but with variations based on Donald MacDonald Jnr.’s MS)
“The Unjust Incarceration” (Bk 2, Campbell Canntaireachd 3rd line to be played)
“John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament” (Bk 5, K)
“Scarce of Fishing” (Bk 3, K)
“Donald Gruamach’s March” (Bk 2, K)
“Craigellachie” (Bk 6, K)
“Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck” (Bk 10)

Competitors to submit four from the list and play one.

Gold Medal Competitions

“The Prince’s Salute” (Bk 1, K)
“The Park Piobaireachd # 2” (Bk 4, K)
“The Stewart’s White Banner” (Bk 7)
“The Menzies’ Salute” (Bk 15, K)
“The Battle of Waternish” (Bk 2, K)
“Mary’s Praise” (Bk 5, K)
“The End of the Great Bridge” (Bk 2, K)
“Lament for Captain Donald MacKenzie” (Bk 15)
“MacKenzie of Gairloch’s Lament” (Bk 10)
“The MacKay’s Banner” (Bk 7, K)

Competitors to submit six from the list and play one.

Silver Medal Competitions

“MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart” (Bk 7, K)
“The Glen Is Mine” (Bk 6, K)
“The Bicker” (Bk 4, K)
“I Am Proud to Play a Pipe” (Bk 6, K)
“Salute To Donald” (Bk 8, K)
“Glengarry’s March” (Bk 2, K)
“The MacGregor’s Salute” (Bk 10)
“Black Donald’s March” (Bk 3, K)
“The Marquis of Argyll’s Salute” (Bk 10)
“The Piper’s Warning to His Master” (Bk 12, K)

Competitors to submit six from the list and play one.

Three of the tunes in the Gold Medal list — “MacKay’s Banner,” “The Menzies’ Salute,” and “The Park Piobaireachd # 2” — were in Gold Medal lists from 1997 and ’98, which is a relatively short period of time for them to resurface. There is some speculation that these were included in the 2001 list to make it less stringent on more experienced competitors.


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