The Canntaireachd Project –

'Canntaireachd' is an ancient codified language used by Scottish pipers to teach and memorise bagpipe music. 'The Canntaireachd Project' aims to increase the understanding of the Campbell Canntaireachd Ms. (c. 1819), the single most important primary source for 'pibroch' or 'ceòl mòr', the 'classical music' of the great Highland bagpipe.


Therefore, we aim to produce an issue of 'The Canntaireachd Project' every four weeks, including c. 30 minutes of audio material (piping version, canntaireachd version and background information on one piece outwith the Campbell Canntaireachd) and two accompanying PDFs including the complete transcribed Campbell Canntaireachd (both German and English).

Within the clan system of the Highlands of Scotland, the great Highland bagpipe and its music once enjoyed the patronage of their chiefs – now we are calling upon you: Help us to proceed with this existing project and become a patron today!


Patrons receive rewards including:

- Allan MacDonald playing the full pibroch in the canntaireachd-style.
- Thomas Zöller singing the Campbell Canntaireachd interwoven with the piping version.
- An interview with Allan MacDonald including background information on the piece (in English).
- A summary of that interview (in German).
- Two accompanying PDFs (English and German) that contain the complete canntaireachd, transcribed from Colin Campbell's manuscript.


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