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Updated 02/27/2020

 

Welcome to behind the tunes; a collection of music for the Highland Bagpipes and the stories behind them.  This is a work in progress and a labor of love.  The music and stories are meant to be shared.  Each page contains information about the tune, lyrics (for those tunes that have them), the music, a printable copy, and a downloadable version in Bagpipe Music Writer.

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CONTENTS
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V W Y

10th Battalion HLI Crossing the Rhine (VI)
12th Battalion Royal Scots (VI)
15th Scottish Division (VI)
71st Highlander's Quick Step
74th Highlanders March (V4)
93rd Highlanders Welcome to Glasgow (V4)

A
A Man's A Man for A' That (VI)
A Nation Once Again (V2)
A Night at the Broch
(V4)
Abercairney's Highlandmen
(V4)
Achany Glen (V2)
Advance Australia Fair (V2)
Ae Fond Kiss (V2)
Aherlow Glens (V3)
Airlie Castle
(V4)
Alexander Duff's (V2)
Alison Hargreave's Farewell to K2 (V3)
Alistair Fergus Ewan
(V4)
All the Bluebonnets are Over the Border (VI)
Amazing Grace (VI)
America the Beautiful (V2)
Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song)
(V4)
An Ataireachd Ard (The Surge of the Sea)
(V4)
An Chailleach sa Tornoig (The Old Hag at the Kiln) (V2)
Anchors Aweigh (VI)
An Eala Bhan (The White Swan) (V2)
An Mhaighdean Mhara (The Sea Maiden) (V2)
Angus John's Fancy (V3)
Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night) (V2)
Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn CehI (For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name) (V2)
Ardblair Castle
(V4)
Ardross Castle
(V4)
Arnistan Castle (V2)
Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque (V2)
Ashokan Farewell
(V4)
Atholl Brose (V2)
Atholl Highlanders (VI)
Auchmountain's Bonnie Glen (V3)
Auld Lang Syne (V2)

B
Back of the Change-House
Back to Donegal (VI)
Ballyhooley
(V4)
Balmoral (VI)
Balmoral Castle (V2)
Banjo Breakdown (V3)
Barrosa (V3)
Battle of the Somme (VI)
Battle of Waterloo (VI)
Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (V3)
Ben More
(V4)
Black Duncan
(V4)
Bloody Fields of Flanders (VI)
Bluebells of Scotland (VI)
Bonnie Dundee (VI)
Bonnie Galloway
(V4)
Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie (VI)
Bonnie MacAlpine (VI)
Bonny Portmore (V3)
Boturich Castle
(V4)
Brian Boru (VI)
Briogais Mhic Ruari (Roryson's Breeks)
(V4)
Brose and Butter (V2)
Brown-Haired Maiden (VI)
Buchal an Eire (Come by the Hills) (VI)
Bu
ttavante Castle (V3)

C
Ca' the Ewes (V3)
Caber Feidh (VI)
Cahirmee Fair
(V4)
Cailleach an Airleg (The Hag with the Money) (V2)
Cairnbulg Point
(V4)
Caller Herrin' (V2)
Calon Ln (A Pure Heart) (V2)
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle (VI)
Campbeltown Loch
(V4)
Captain Horne (VI)
Captain Lochlan MacPhail of Tiree (VI)
Captain Norman Orr Ewing (V3)
Carlingford Lough (VI)
Carradale Bay (VI)
Castle Cary Pipes & Drums (VI)
Castle Dangerous (V2)
Castle Grant (V2)
Clare's Dragoons (V3)
Cliffs of Doneen (VI)
Cock o' the North (V3)
Cockney Jocks (VI)
Colonel McNamara, M.P. (V3)
Conference at Bonar Bridge
(V4)
Corkhill (VI)
Corriechoillie's 43rd Welcome
  to the Northern Meeting
(V3)
Craighall Crescent
(V4)
Craigh na Dun (V3)
Craignish Castle 
Creagh Castle (V3)
Crodh Chailean (Colin's Cattle)
(V4)
Crossing the Minch (VI)
Crossing the Spital
(V4)
Cullen Bay (VI)
Cuttymun & Treeladle
(V4)
Cwn Rhondda (Rhondda Valley) (V2)

D
Dalcassian Tribe March (V4)
Danny Boy (V3)
Donaghclony (V4)
Donal' Don (V4)
Donald Blue (V3)
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban (VI)
Donald MacLeod (VI)
Donella Beaton
(V4)
Dornie Ferry
(V4)
Dornkop
(V4)
Dornoch Links (V2)
Down by the Sally Gardens (VI)
Drouthy (Thirsty) Crony
(V4)
Drummond Castle Laundry
(V4)
Duke of Perth's Reel
(V4)
Duke of Sutherland's March
(V4)
Dunblane (V2)

Dundee Military Tattoo (V2)
Dunoon Castle (V4)
Dunrobin Castle (V4)

E
Earl or Erroll (VI)
Edinbane (V4)
Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (V4)
Egg and the Fiddle (V3)
Eileen Alannah (V3)
Ensign Keogh (V4)

F
Faskally House (V4)
Faugh a Ballagh (Clear the Way) (VI)
Farewell to Cape Helles (V4)
Farewell to Govan (V2)
Farewell to Nigg (V3)
Farewell to the Creeks (V3)
Farquhar Macrae (V4)
Fear a' Bhta (The Boatman) (V2)
Fingal's Weeping (VI)
Finnegan's Wake (V3)
Flett from Flotta (VI)
Flower of Scotland (VI)
Flowers of the Forest (VI)
Four Green Fields (V2)

Frimley (V4)

G
Garryowen (VI)
Gillie Callum
(V4)
Glengrant
(V4)
Glen Lyon
(V4)
God Save Ireland (VI)
Going Home (V2)

Golspie Fishermen (V4)
Grandtully Bridge (V4)

H
H.M.S. Renown
Hail to the Chief (V3)
Hawick Express (V4)
Heave Ho! My Boys, Heave Ho! (V2)
Heather Grant of Strathyre (V3)
Hector the Hero (V3)
High Road to Gairloch (VI)
Highland Cathedral (V2)
Highland Laddie (VI)

I
I Love a Lassie (VI)
I Will Go Home to Kintail (VI)
I'll Gang Nae Mair tae Yon Toon (VI)
Inverary Castle (V3)
Inverness Gathering (V3)
Invisible in the Cowcaddens
(V4)
Isle of Hoy (VII)

J
Jackets Green (V4)
Jenny's Bawbee (VI)
Jessie Brown of Lucknow
(V4)
Jimmy Findlater (V3)

John Cheap, the Chapman
Johnny Cope (V4)

K
Kantarah to El Arish (V4)
Kelly the Boy from Killane (V3)
Kilaloe (V2)
Killicrankie (V2)
Kilworth Hills (V2)

Knockanare (V4)

L
Lady Carmichael of Castlecraig (V4)
Lady Charlotte Murray's Jig
Laird o' Cockpin (V4)
Lament for Donald MacRae (Balallan) (V4)
Lament for Jef Ar Penven (V3)
Lament for Sir Rory Mor (V4)
Lanigan's Ball (V3)
Leaving Arisaig (VI)
Leaving Cobh
(V4)
Lecale (V3)
Let Erin Remember the Days of Old (V3)
Lochanside (VI)
Loch Broom Bay (V2)
Loch Lomond (V2)
Loch Maree (V2)
Loch Rannoch (V2)
Loch Ruan (V3)
Loch Tay Boat Song
Lonach Lasses
(V4)
Lord Dunmore's Jig
(V4)
Lord Huntly's Cave
(V4)
Lord Lovat's Lament (VI)
Lord Reay's Jig
(V4)
Loudoun's Bonnie Woods and Braes (VI)

Lough Conn (V4)
Lough Derg (V4)
Lt. Col. W.D. Faulkner M.C. (V3)
Lullaby from R.B. Nicol (V4)

M
MacCrimmon's Lament (V2)
MacKay's Farewell to the 74th (V3)
MacKenzie Highlanders' March (V3)
MacNeil's Farewell to Bara
(V4)
MacRae Meadow (V2)
Mairi nighean Alasdair
(V4)
Mairi's Wedding (VI)
Major Bowen
(V4)
Major Mackie
(V4)
March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande)
(V4)
Mark Sheridan's (V3)
Marquess of Stafford
(V4)
Men of Argyle (V3)
Millbank Cottage
(V4)
Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scotch Measure
(V4)
Miss Drummond of Perth
(V4)
Monymusk (V2)
Mrag of Dunvegan (V2)
Mosta Fort (V3)
Mrs. Joy Cairns (V3)
Muir of Ord (VI)
Murdo's Wedding
(V4)
My Dream Valley on the
   Road to Glendaruel
VI)
My Ladys Gown theres Gairs upon it 
(V4)
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet (VI)

My Tocher's the Jewel (V4)

N
Naxxar (V4)
Neil Gow's Farewell to Whisky (V2)
New Year in Noosa (V2)
Notre Dame Victory March (V2)

Nuair chunnic min ts thu, dheaninn do phsadh (I would have preferred thee at first, but not now Sir) (V4)

O
O'Donnell Ab (V4)
O'er The Bows to Ballindalloch (VI)
Oft in the Stilly Night (V3)
O Mhiri, e Mhiri (V4)
O'Neill's War March (V3)
Ossian's Hall
(V4)
Our Ain Bonnie Laddie (V4)
Owen Roe O'Neill (V3)

P
Paddywhack (V4)
Paddy Carey(V4)
Peter Henderson's March
    to Strochanclachan
(V4)
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh (V4)
Piper Alpha (V2)
Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis (VI)
Pipe Major James Sutherland
(V4)
Pipe Major J.K. Cairns (V3)
Pipe Major William Ross' Farewell
   to the Scots Guard (VI)

Q
Queen Victoria's Jubilee

R
Raasay House (VI)
Red Hugh (V3)
Robin Adair (VI)
Rocky Road to Dublin (V2)
Rory O'More (V3)
Ross' Farewell to Pangnirtung (V2)

Roxburgh Castle
Rutherglen Bridge (V4)

S
Salute to the Royal Fendersmith (V2)
Sciehallion (VI)
Scotland the Brave (VI)
Scots Wha Hae (VI)
Sebastopol
(V4)
Semper Paratus (Always Prepared) (VI)
Shenandoah
(V4)
Shoals of Herring (V2)
Sir Hector Munro's Reel
(V4)
Sligo
(V4)
Son of the Earl of the White Banners
Soraidh Leis An Ait (Farewell to the Place) (V3)
Sprig of Shillelagh (V3)
Star of the County Down (V2)
Stornoway Bay (VI)

Suantree (V4)
Suo Gn (VI)
Sunset on the Somme  
(V4)

T
Taps (V3)
Teddy O'Neill (V5)
Teribus (VI)
Tha Mi Sgith (Cutting Bracken) (V3)
The 7th H.L.I's Farewell to Dunfermline (V5)
The 8th Argyll's Crossing the River Po (V2)
The 8th Argyll's Polka (V5)
The 25th KOSB's Farewell to Meerut (V3)
The 71st's Polka
The 72nd Highlanders (V5)
The 72nd Highlander's Farewell to Aberdeen (VI)
The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar (V3)
The 87th's Colours (V3)
The 89th at Leros (V5)
The Army Goes Rolling Along (VI)
The Ash Grove (VI)
The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering (V3)
The Ballacnulish Walkabout (V2)
The Balmoral Highlanders (V3)
The Banks of Allan Water (V2)
The Banshee
(V2)
The Bard of Armagh (V2)
The Barren Rocks of Aden (VI)
The Battle of Aughrim (V2)
The Bells of Dunblane (V2)
The Birth of Lord Reay's Daughter (V5)
The Black Bear (VI)
The Boatman of Pitnacree (V5)
The Bob o' Fettercairn (V5)
The Bold Fenian Men (V2)
The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie (V2)
The Bool Road Rattler (V5)
The Boys' Brigade (V5)
The Boys of the Old Brigade (V2)
The Boys of Malin (V2)
The Boys of Wexford (VI)
The Braes of Mellinish (V5)
The Caledonian Society of London (V3)
The Cameron Highlanders (V5)
The Campbell's are Coming (V5)
The Canadian Irish (V5)
The Caubeen Trimmed with Blue (V3)
The Cave of Gold (Uamh An Oir) (V5)
The Charms of Whisky
The Circassian Circle (V3)
The Clett of Thurso (V5)
The Coolins (V5)
The Cruel Mother (V3)
The Dark Island (V3)
The Dawning of the Day (
Finne Gael an Lae) (V3)
The Dolls' Levee (V5)
The Drunken Piper (Far am bi mi fhn) (V3)
The Duchess of Montrose (V5)
The Duchess of Sutherland's Jig (Binn-Die Chraobh) (V5)
The Dusty Road from Mutra (V3)
The Earl of Caithness (V5)
The Earl of Mansfield (VI)
The Eight Men of Moidart (VI)
The Fair Maid of Bara (V2)
The Fairy Knoll at Pennan
The Famous Ballymote (V2)
The Flutes of Inverallochy (V5)
The Flying Tea-Room of Glendaruel (V5)
The Foggy Dew (VI)
The Gallowglass (V2)
The Gap of Dunloe (V2)
The Garb of Old Gaul (VI)
The Glendaruel Highlanders (VI)
The Gordon Highlanders (V2)
The Green Glens of Antrim (V2)
The Green Hills of Tyroll (VI)
The Gypsy's Warning (V5)
The Heights of Dargai (VI)
The Heroes of Kohima (V2)
The Heroes of Ortona (VI)
The Heroes of Vitoria (VI)
The High Road to Linton (V5)
The Hills of Bara (V3)
The Hills of Moffat (V5)
The Hillswick Wedding (V5)
The Inniskilling Dragoon (V5)
The Irish Washerwoman (V5)
The Ivy Leaf (V5)
The Kinnegad Slashers (V5)
The Lewis and Harris Gathering (V5)
The Little Beggarman (VI)
The Lovat Scouts (V5)
The MacLeans of Roag (V5)
The Maid of Eddrachillis (V5)
The Maple Leaf Forever (V2)
The Marine's Hym (VI)
The Massacre of Glencoe (V2)
The Meeting of the Waters (V5)
The Men of Argyll (V5)
The Mingulay Boat Song (VI)
The Minstrel Boy (VI)
The Mist Covered Mountains (V2)
The Mountains of Iveragh (V2)
The Mountains of Mourne (V2)
The Mountains of Pomeroy (V5)
The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre (V2)
The Mull of Kintyre (V2)
The Old Rustic Bridge (VI)
The Ord of Caithness (V5)
The Pap of Glencoe (V2)
The Paps of Jura (V2)
The Parting Glass (V3)
The Periwig (V5)
The Pikeman's March (V2)
The Pibroch of Bonny Strathearn (V5)
The Piper's Cave (V3)
The Piper's Maggot (V5)
The Quaker
The Rakes of Kildare (VI)
The Rakes of Mallow (VI)
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (V2)
The Red Devils Over Arnhem
The Rose of Arranmore (V2)
The Rose of Tralee (V3)
The Roving Baker frae Milngavie
The Rowan Tree (VI)
The Royal Scots Polka (V3)
The Saffron Kilt (V2)
The Scottish Horse
The Shamrock Leaves (V3)
The Siege of Delhi (VI)
The Skye Boat Song (VI)
The Smith of Killiechassie (V5)
The Snowy Breasted Pearl (V5)
The South Down Militia (V3)
The Standard on the Braes of Mar
The Stirlingshire Militia (V5)
The Stool of Repentance (V2)
The Sugar Merchant
The Taking of Beaumont-Hamel (V2)
The Thistle of Scotland (V2)
The Thornton Jig
The Town of Ballybay (V2)
The Trip to Sligo (V2)
The U.S. Air Force (VI)
The War March of
the Clan Suibhne of Fanad (V5)
The Wearing of the Green (VI)
The White Cockade (V3)
The Widow's Rant (V5)
The Wild Rover (V2)
The Wind on the Heath
There's a Hole in the Boat
Thornbury Cottage (V2)

Tir Nam Beann (Land of the Hills) (V5)
Tomatin (V5)
Top o' Cork Road (V3)
Tullichewen Castle (V5)
Tullochgorum (V5)

V
Victoria Hornpipe

W
Waltzing Matilda (V2)
We're No' Awa' Tae Bide Awa (V2)
When the Battle is Over (VI)
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (V3)
Will Ye no Come Back Again (V2)

Willie's gane to Melville Castle
With Wellesley's Rifles at Keren (VI)

Y
Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon (V3)
Yester House (V5)
Youghal Harbor (V3)