About us

The Pibroch Network curates a digital resource devoted to the classical music of the Scottish Highland bagpipe. Our small team needs to grow. We have immediate opportunities for anyone tech savvy or passionate about the intersection of research, outreach, music, and Scottish Gaelic culture.

Our Mission: To make it easy for people to discover, learn, teach, and research pibroch, building pathways to deeper understanding and wider access.

Our Vision: A world in which pibroch features in mainstream education and performance, and is valued internationally for its positive contribution to cultural life and wellbeing.

Here is a conversation on our Mission, Vision, and Values. Feedback is invited before 22 March 2022. We are building a Core Team and a Support Circle of freelancers, volunteers, and academics (independent and affiliated); if you would like to contribute, please write to josh@pibroch.net.

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Our Curated Pages make it easier for people to conduct meaningful and impactful research into pibroch. They present the raw source materials for 313 pibrochs, 843 settings, and 367 Gaelic titles. Our collection is systematic and complete up to 1854. The repertoire in circulation has since become narrower, more homogenous, and more rigid. Our collaborative curatorial work facilitates the discovery of hidden treasures, enabling competing pipers to stand out from the crowd and all musicians to explore one of Scotland’s richest cultural inheritances.

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Our Community Pages stimulate deeper understanding of and broader engagement with pibroch’s source materials. We moderate collegial discussions where people bring different experiences and perspectives to the table. Topics include interpretation, composition, and how to develop pibroch’s infrastructure. This is a haven for innovative research that breaks down silos, identifies trenchant problems, and works collaboratively towards solutions that are strong and courageous.

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Our Bibliography updates Roderick Cannon’s 1980 research, which identifies and locates all the music printed for each type of bagpipe played in the British Isles. Cannon carefully distinguishes the various editions of each book, ascertains dates and authorship, and gathers background information which may be of interest to players or music historians. We plan to add everything cited in our Curated and Community Pages, supplying metadata, abstracts, and durable links to transform this section into a community-driven, digital age reference library.

Established as the Alt Pibroch Club in May 2013, this suite of websites began as a collaboration between David Hester, our first publisher, and Barnaby Brown, our current publisher. The network stood still for two years following David Hester’s untimely death in 2019. Thanks to a grant from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, encouragement from the Piobaireachd Society, and the creative energy of a small start-up team, a rejuvenation process began in September 2021 which has resulted in a new look, new ambitions, and a new name that reflects our inclusive and collaborative values: The Pibroch Network.

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