Piobaireachd Society Announce Recommended Set Tunes for Oban and Inverness 2024

The Music Committee of the Piobaireachd Society has recommended the following set tunes for next year’s Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting:

GOLD MEDAL – Six (6) tunes to be submitted
Big Spree
Black Donald’s March*
Blue Ribbon*
MacDougall’s Gathering
Nameless, hiharin odin, hiharin dro
Glen is Mine*
Clanranald’s Salute*
Farwell to the Laird of Islay*
Battle of Sheriffmuir*
Gunns’ Salute

* Crunluath a mach variation required.


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SILVER MEDAL – four (4) tunes to be submitted
Lament for MacSwan of Roaig
Gathering of Clan Chattan*
Gathering of the MacNabs*
MacKintosh’s Lament
MacNeil of Barra’s March
Melbank’s Salute
Cave of Gold*
Cronan Phadruig Seumas

* Crunluath a mach variation required.

SENIOR COMPETITIONS – the same long list as was used for 2023 will be used for 2024 and every year until 2027. The list can be viewed on the News page of the PS website here.

Pipers are asked to submit six tunes from this list and are not allowed to submit a chosen tune again for at least five years. The Society recommends that judges/ promoters select a different tune for each event, Senior Piobaireachd or Clasp, in a given year.

The senior list contains 54 tunes, all the classic, lengthy pieces plus several modern tunes such as the Lament for Robert Reid and Salute to the MacCrimmon Cairn at Borreraig and others by Donald MacLeod and Captain John MacLellan. Many are available through the Society’s revised 20th Century Piobaireachd Book.

Piping Press’s ‘Piper of the Year’ 2022 was Angus MacColl. Angus took both senior piobaireachd prizes at Oban and Inverness

Ronald MacShannon for the Music Committee writes: ‘Competitors are not restricted to settings in the Piobaireachd Society Collection and Kilberry Book. Those who wish to play alternative settings should submit legible scores, indicating the origins of the settings, to competition organisers along with their tune selections.

‘Altogether different tunes known by the same or similar names will not be accepted as alternatives. This announcement is without prejudice to any arrangements made by the Argyllshire Gathering or the Northern Meeting.’

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