Do you know how to pronounce piobaireachd?

Last year's winners Andrew Hayes (left) and Glenn Walpole (right).

Last year's winners Andrew Hayes (left) and Glenn Walpole (right).

Piob (Peeb) means Pipe; Piobaire (Peebair) means Piper; and Piobaireachd (Peeb-air-och - 3 syllables) means pipe/playing pipe music. Many people simplify the pronunciation by saying "Peebrock”. Though more accurately titled Ceol Mor (Cowal More) meaning Big (or Great) Music, the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe is commonly referred to as Piobaireachd.

The Glengarry Highland Games will host the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) Contest on Friday, August 4, 2017.

This year's contestants are from Ontario, New Brunswick, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington.

The contest will be held at the Anglican Church, 34 Main Street, Maxville, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and all are welcome to come and listen. Each player is allotted approximately 20 minutes for their performance. The Gold Medal portion of the contest features 10 players and runs during the morning. The Gold Medallist (former winners) contest will start at 1:30 PM, with 8 contestants vying for the Clasp. Presentations are held at 4:30 PM for the winners. The judge for this year's contest is Colin MacLellan of Scotland.

Prizes will be awarded for each contest, as follows:

Gold Medal Contest

1st - $700.00
2nd - $500.00
3rd - $300.00
4th - $200.00
5th - $100.00

Gold Medallist Contest

1st - $800.00
2nd - $600.00
3rd - $400.00

Please see our Piobaireachd page for complete details on this world-class competition.