Set Tunes & Tune Requirements

There will be two lists, each with six tunes. List 1, will be used for Grade 1 and 2 competitors.
Grade 1 competitors will submit three piobaireachds. Two tunes from list 1 and one tune of their own choice.
Grade 2 competitors will submit two piobaireachds. One tune from List 1 and one tune from list 2.
Grade 3 competitors will submit one piobaireachd, which must be selected from list 2.

Please note, there will be some competitions exempt from the set tune list.
These competitions are:

  • 'World Solo Amateur' - Piping Live!
  • 'Northern Meetings' - Inverness
  • 'Luss Highland Games'
  • 'Rosneath Highland Games'
  • 'Inveraray Highland Games'
  • 'Chatsworth Country Fair'

You can submit your own choice of tunes at these competitions (that can be tunes from the set tune list if you want!)

2017/2018 List 1 (current list, in use until Army School of Piping Competition - June 2018)

Grade 1 competitors should select two tunes from this list and one of their own choice. Grade 2 graded players should pick one tune from this list and one tune from List 2.

  1. MacLeod of Raasay's Salute - Online Resource
  2. Salute the Soldier (21st Century) - Salute the Soldier
  3. Corrienessan's Salute - Online Resource
  4. Lament for Captain MacDougall - Online Resource
  5. The Groat - Online Resource
  6. MacCrimmons Sweetheart - Online Resource

2017/2018 List 2 (current list, in use until Army School of Piping Competition - June 2018)

Grade 2 and Grade 3 graded players should pick one tune from this list.

  1. Queen Elizabeth II’s Salute - Queen Elizabeth the Second's Salute
  2. Lament for Alan My Son - Duncan Johnson book, 'His Complete Compositions' - Online Resource
  3. Glengarry’s Lament - Online Resource
  4. Too Long In this Condition - Online Resource
  5. Struan Robertson Salute - Online Resource
  6. The Boat Tune - Online Resource

» Notes on Piobaireachd Set Tunes (2017/2018)
Also note, you are not restricted to these settings only, but you should make sure the setting you are playing is a recognized setting and present the music to the judge at each competition.

The following Set Tunes will be in use from October 2018

2018/2019 List 1

Grade 1 competitors should select two tunes from this list and one of their own choice. Grade 2 graded players should pick one tune from this list and one tune from List 2.

  1. The Kings Taxes (Piobaireachd Society Book 5 & Kilberry)
  2. The MacLeod’s Salute (Piobaireachd Society Book 12 & Kilberry)
  3. Lament for Donald of Laggan (Piobaireachd Society Book 8 & Kilberry)
  4. Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart No. 1 (Piobaireachd Society Book 6 & Kilberry)
  5. Isabel MacKay (Piobaireachd Society Book 6 & Kilberry)
  6. Lament for The Iolaire (Donald MacLeod’s Collection of Piobaireachd Book 1)

2018/2019 List 2

Grade 2 and Grade 3 graded players should pick one tune from this list.

  1. Company’s Lament (Piobaireachd Society Book 1)
  2. The Little Spree (Piobaireachd Society Book 7 & Kilberry)
  3. Cabar Feidh Gu Brath (Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth And Camerons))
  4. Catherine’s Lament (Piobaireachd Society Book 5 & Kilberry)
  5. Lament for Alisdair Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry (Piobaireachd Society Book 14 & Kilberry)
  6. Chisholm’s Salute (Piobaireachd Society Book 14 & Kilberry)

Set Tunes Timeline

August 2017 – New set tune list for grade 1, 2 and 3 competitors will be released.
October/November 2018 – New Set tunes will be submitted for competition.
August 2019 – New set tune list for grade 1, 2 and 3 competitors will be released.
October 2020 – New set tunes will be submitted for competition.

This timeline will be reviewed but, if we feel it is working well, it is likely to continue in this way.

Tune Requirements

Grade 3
1. Piobaireachd - Submit 1 Tunes (Own choice or submit One tune from Set List 2) See Set Tune page for information on which competitions are exempt from the Set Tune list.
2. 2/4 March (Own Choice)
3. Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice)
4. Jig or 6/8 March (Own Choice) This is an event which may not always be available to compete in and varies from competition to competition .

Grade 2
1. Piobaireachd - Submit 2 Tunes (Two own choice tunes or One tune to be submitted from Set List 1 and One tune to be submitted from Set List 2) See Set Tune page for information on which competitions are exempt from Set Tune list.
2. 2/4 March (Submit 2 Tunes)
3. Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice)
4. Jig or 6/8 March (Own Choice) This is an event which may not always be available to compete in and varies from competition to competition .

Grade 1 
1. Piobaireachd - Submit 3 Tunes (Three own choice tunes or Two tunes to be submitted from Set List 1 and One tune own choice) See Set Tune page for information on which competitions are exempt from Set Tune list.
2. 2/4 March (Submit 2 Tunes) - Please note, this event can also be run as a 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel Event.
3. Strathspey and Reel (Submit 2 TunesPlease note, this event can also be run as a 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel Event.
4. Jig or 6/8 March or Hornpipe & Jig (Own Choice) This is an event which may not always be available to compete in and varies from competition to competition .