Registration Open for 20th Annual Gaelic Song and Language Week

BeinnSeanairThey say time flies, but it’s still hard to believe we will be gathering in North Carolina this July for the 20th Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, held from July 9 to 13 in Banner Elk, just before the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12-15.

Every year since 1998, An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach has held a week of classes taught by some of the finest Gaelic singers from Scotland and Nova Scotia, and some of the finest Gaelic language teachers from Scotland, Canada and the United States.

This year we will welcome Margaret Bennett, folklorist, Gaelic singer and teacher, and we’ll welcome back Catrìona Parsons and Jamie MacDonald. We look forward to spending a week with them at Lees MacRae College in Banner Elk, in the mountains of North Carolina.

Lodgings are provided at the college’s “Virginia” dormitory, with check-in the afternoon of Sunday, July 8. Meals are provided through the college, though students may opt to eat off-campus in Banner Elk or other nearby towns as well (see the registration form).

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The week is an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into Scottish Gaelic song and language, with classes at three levels for learners ranging from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. Students can mix and match classes and teachers and subjects as they please.

The week also features special events such as sessions on Highland folklore, movies in Gaelic, hiking and evening cèilidhs and song sessions. We hold a popular silent auction. In recent years we’ve had sessions on dance, types of songs and songs from specific islands and regions.

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games — now celebrating their 63rd year — follow the event. The Grandfather Mountain games feature the North Carolina Provincial Mòd, a competition in Scottish Gaelic song judged by our Song and Language Week instructors.

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We hope you’ll join us! Tiugainn leinn! For more information, go to the Events section this website and the Grandfather Mountain GSLW page. To register, click here.

Mort Ghlinne Chomhann: The Massacre of Glencoe

Yesterday, Feb. 13, was the anniversary of the infamous Murder or Massacre of Glencoe, or Mort Ghlinne Chomhann. There were several informative posts about the massacre on social media. Here we share a few:

  • The National Library of Scotland: The actual order sent to Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, instructing him to kill the MacDonalds of Glencoe. He was to spare none below the age of 70.
  • The Virtual Gael: In his blog, Michael Newton examines a Gaelic poem on the massacre, “’S mi ’am shuidh’ air a’ chnocan,” and what it says about the political complexities behind the massacre and how they were viewed by contemporary Gaels.
  • History Scotland: Archaeologists plan to investigate the lost settlements of the Glencoe Massacre. We found this article thanks to the Calum I. MacLean Facebook page, which is dedicated to the Gaelic folklorist and scholar.

 

Learn Scottish Gaelic in New York: Classes Start in February

Nuadh Eabhrac, dealbh le Glenn Beltz @Flickr.
Cathair Nuadh Eabhraic, dealbh le taing do Glenn Beltz @Flickr.

Live in or near an t-Ubhal Mòr*? The New York Caledonian Club plans a series of Scottish Gaelic language classes this spring. Join the club for classes in Beginning Gaelic, Conversational Gaelic and Reading Gaelic.

New York is home to a growing, vibrant Gaelic Learning Community, and the Caledonian Club is at its heart. Gaelic classes will be held Tuesdays from Feb. 20 through May 1 at the Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Ave., 10th floor, Manhattan.

Don Ross will teach the Beginning Gaelic and Gaelic reading classes, while John Grimaldi leads the Gaelic conversation group. You can find more information and register for the classes on this web page.

 * By an t-Ubhal Mór, we mean of course The Big Apple.