Piobaireachd Society Launches Shop for Digital Downloads/ House of Scotland Contest

The Piobaireachd Society has launched an online shop where customers can buy and download digital versions of their highly acclaimed music collections. Included are books 1 – 16 from the PS series, the Kilberry Book, the most popular book of Ceol Mor in history, and Side Lights on the Kilberry Book.

Books are availably singly for only £8 each; books 1 – 8 and 9 – 16 can be had for £55 (eight books each) and the complete collection (16 books) for £100. The Kilberry Book costs £15 and its Side Lights £10.

The Piobaireachd Society Shop

Tunes fit neatly on to a single page of an iPad or similar tablet computer.

Hard copy editions of all books are available from all the regular outlets. Price comparison: paper copy of one book £15, digital £8; Kilberry £25/£15. Click here to access the PS Shop.

The Society recently made tune scores from Books 1 – 3 free to members. These books are scores only – no notes. Membership costs £15 or £5 (students).

The Society’s annual conference, open to all, takes place in Glasgow on March 23. It will include a showing of the film ‘MacCrimmon Gold’ featuring Breton piper Patrick Molard (see poster above).

Click here for conference details.


Ross Naismith, Pipe Major of the House of Scotland Pipe Band, has sent this:

The House of Scotland in San Diego, California, have announced a prize pipe competition to be held at their 3rd Annual Tartan Day festival on April 6, 2019. 



The solo piping contest will be a single event for piping grades 2 – 4, playing a full piobaireachd of their choice.

The grand prize is a donated set of vintage James Robertson bagpipes, beautifully restored by J. Dunbar Bagpipes Ltd. of St. Catharines, Ontario.

Other donated prizes include new pipe chanters and the recently published Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders tune collection.

Entry forms are available at HOSPB.ORG, and there is a limit of 12 competitors.

Ross noted, ‘The contest is modeled after a similar competition a few years ago. The event is not sanctioned by the local association because it’s an all-amateur contest and not restricted to one competition grade; however, we believe the inclusive solo contest would assist the musical advancement of lower grade pipers and encourage comradery.’

The adjudicator for the event is Neil Clark well known for his time in the Scots Guards and Strathclyde Police.


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