Scottish Gold Medalist Alasdair Currie sings at Mòd Ligonier and the Ligonier Highland Games.
Scottish Gaelic song, story and poetry rang out at the Ligonier Highland Games this year when ACGA held its latest Mòd — a day-long competition in Gaelic language arts and tradition. The popularity of the Mòd — ACGA has held one in Ligonier each year since 1995 — demonstrates how important Gaelic song is to learning, teaching, and promoting Scottish Gaelic in North America.
Mòd Ligonier, held at the games Saturday, Sept. 22, featured singers, musicians, storytellers, a Gaelic choir, and special guest Alasdair Currie, winner of the 2017 men’s gold medal at the Royal National Mòd in Scotland. Alasdair and Mike Mackay, ACGA president, adjudicated the competitions.
A Scottish Gaelic song competition will be held as well at the Central Virginia Celtic Festival Oct. 27, held in Richmond. That competition is sponsored by the Learned Kindred of Currie and Currie Family Cultural Tent.
The US National Mòd is expected to return next year in a larger format, and perhaps in a new location. Contact Michael Mackay for more information or if you would like to help with the event.
The results of Mòd Ligonier 2018 competitions are as follows:
Bàrdachd (poetry recital):
First place, Anne Alexander; Second place equal Cam MacRae and Hilary Rosado
First place, Cam MacRae; Second place, Hilary Rosado
First place, Hilary Rosado; Second place, Cam MacRae, Third place, Anne Alexander.
First place, Anne Alexander; Second place, Hilary Rosado; Third place, Sharon McWhorter
Combined (one prescribed, one self select song):
First place Anne Alexander; Second place, Mary Wake
First place, Carol Kappus, Second place, Anne Alexander
Còisir Ghàidhlig Ohio
First place, Sharon McWhorter and Anne Alexander.
Photo of Alasdair Currie, top, by Michael Mackay; Photos of Mòd competitions and competitors (Còisir Ghàidhlig Ohio, upper left, seated, Cam MacRae; lower right, standing, Sharon McWhorter) by Thomas Ashby McCown.