Registration Opens for Virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week

GFM GS&LW LogoACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week (GMS&LW) will again be held online this year, with four days of classes in Scottish Gaelic song and language taught via Zoom, all for $125 per student. The classes will run Monday through Thursday, July 5-8, followed by the Virtual North Carolina Provincial Gaelic Mòd Friday , July 9.

The virtual event will feature Christine Primrose and Alec “Bhaltos” MacDonald as instructors. Learn more about our teachers here. All classes will be taught through Zoom, the widely used video and audio conferencing software available at

Christine Primrose
Christine Primrose

Registration is available online, and payment can be made via PayPal. Follow this link to register:

Alec Bhaltos MacDonald
Alec Bhaltos MacDonald

We’re excited about our second  virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week and 22nd week-long event — even COVID-19 won’t keep us from singing and learning Gaelic. Look for more information here and on our Facebook page. The GMS&LW committee also has a Facebook group that you may join and an event page.

Cape Breton’s Féis an Eilein Goes Virtual, Puts Concerts Online

Many of us are missing the opportunity to travel to Cape Breton this year, especially to Féis an Eilein, which is celebrating its 30th year despite the coróna-bhioras (COVID-19).

The weeklong event in August is a highlight of the Gaelic year in Nova Scotia. The féis, held on Eilean na Nollaig or Christmas Island, is the first to be held outside Scotland.

But don’t despair. Even if you can’t go to the féis this year, the féis can come to you.

Féis an Eilein has gone virtual, like many events, and its concerts are available on the organization’s website, and through its YouTube channel. They’ll bring Cape Breton into your own home.

First up, Aug. 18, was the Mòd nam Fìdhlearan, the Fiddler’s Court concert.

Second, on Aug. 19, Cèilidh nam Pìobairean, the famous Piper’s Cèilidh.

Keep an eye out for other programs from Féis an Eilein.

Corona-bhìoras: Scottish Gaelic COVID-19 Resources

Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 5.30.43 PMDè a th’ ann an corona-bhìoras agus carson a tha a h-uile duine a’ bruidhinn mu dheidhinn?

What is the coronavirus and why is everyone talking about it? If you have children (and if you don’t), this book from Gaelic-language publisher Acair may help answer those questions.

The Scottish Government has published information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Gaelic here.  You can download a “staying safe at home” leaflet in Gaelic here.

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Bithibh faiceallach, bithibh sàbhailte, bithibh slàn a h-uile duine.

Be careful, be safe, be well everyone.