Band Tunes

Below are tunes we play as a band, as you might expect with tunes played around the world there are possible slight variations to what you know. If you’re interested you can click the links to view a PDF of the settings we have for each tune we play.

2/4 Tunes

More difficult than the ubiquitous 4/4 or 3/4, also associated with musical theatre, they have all the dash and vigour we associate with real Scottish pipe music.

42nd, The

Barren Rocks of Aden, The

Black Bear, The

Brown Haired Maiden, The

Corriechoillie’s 43rd Welcome to the Northern Meeting

High Road to Gairloch, The

I’ll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon

Itchy Fingers

Liberton Pipe Band

Mhairi’s Wedding

Rattlin’ Bog, The


3/4 Tunes

This time signature is found commonly in waltzes, minuets, scherzi, country and western ballads, R&B, pop

Amazing Grace

Jimmy Mackenzie

Jimmy Mackenzie, Seconds

The Green Hills of Tyrol

She Moved Through The Fair

When the Battle is Over

4/4 Tunes

Very widely used timing, you’ll come across it in rock, country, blues, funk, pop as well as one of the most famous Scottish Tunes – Scotland the Brave!

Crags of Tumble Down Mountain

Falkland Palace

Highland Cathedral


Loch Ruan


Rowan Tree

Scotland The Brave

Thomas Sander


5/4 Tunes

Cullen Bay

6/8 Tunes

This is a fun time found commonly in double jigs, polkas, sega, salegy, tarantella, marches, barcarolles, Irish jigs, loures, and some rock music

A Hundred Pipers

Back to Donegal

Bonnie Dundee

Cock of the North, The

Dark Island, The

Farewell to the Creeks

Hot Punch


Leaving Port Askaig

MacDonald of Glencoe

Paddy Carey

Pipe Major John Grant

St Patricks Day


Strathspey & Reel

A strathspey is one of the four traditional dances (along with reel, jig and the waltz) and is in the 4/4 time but follows a different style. It is similar to a hornpipe but slower and more stately, and contains many dot-cut ‘snaps’. The Reel is indigenous to Scotland, though a firm favourite in Ireland, and like the strathspey is similar to a hornpipe only played twice as fast!

Molly Connell

Piper of Drummond, The