Report from 29th U.S. National Mòd

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Adjudicator Anne Lorne Gilles

The US Mòd was held on the last weekend of September, and we welcomed Anne Lorn Gillies, our adjudicator, as well as the Mòd gold medalists, DI Brown and Catriona MacNeil.  We had competitions in poetry, storytelling, unison singing, choir, and our biggest competition, the US Gold Medal.

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The 2016 Mòd Stage at the Ligonier Highland Games

About the choir: a local choir has been established in Ohio, called the Ohio Gaelic Choir, and they have visited the Mòd many times before. While they didn’t have another choir to compete with them, they performed two songs for the Mòd, and they received adjudication, encouragement, and advice from Anne.  Many people who heard them said they have really advanced through the years!

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Ohio Gaelic Choir

In the primary competition for the Mòd, at the end, Anne Alexander, who is also heavily involved in the Ohio choir, won the prize for the highest marks in the prescribed song category (one of the requisite competitions for the Gold Medal) and, finally, the Gold Medal itself.  James Ruff, from New York, the two prizes as well, for the men.  Congratulations to them both!

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The Mòd chair, Michael Mackay, said, “This is our 29th Mòd, and everyone who participated in the Mod exemplifies US learners – they are dedicated to the culture and language of the Gaels.  The competitors come here, not just for the chance to win prizes, but to advance and strengthen their Gaelic and without them, the Mòd would not be nearly as good as it is.  Anne Gillies has given them this advancement and strengthening to a very high standard, and we are much indebted to her.  We are also indebted to An Comunn Gaidhealach for the support they give us each year.

We can’t wait until the 30th Mòd!

ACGA Guth na Gàidheal and Là na Gàidhlig.

Là na Gàidhlig is this Thursday, April 21st.

ACGA’s Rèidio Guth nan Gàidheal will be bringing you TWO new programs especially for Là na Gàidhlig…

Michael Mackay brings you a special edition of “An Saoghal Againne”, in which he talks to Là na Gàidhlig organizer, Jamie Wallace about the event, its history and its aims, and he also talks to a number of well-known people in the Gaelic World about the event.

Then, Cam MacRae brings you a special Là na Gàidhlig editon of “Ar Guthan” in which she plays a whole bunch of special requests… but from whom? Join us to find out!!!

So, make sure you join in the fun this Thursday, Là na Gàidhlig, and join us for these special shows on our MixCloud site at http://MixCloud.com/GuthNanGaidheal from Midnight British Summer Time (that’s 7pm US/Eastern, Wednesday)!

Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig!!!

Announcement of funding for Gàidhealtachd Support in 2016

The total funding available for Gàidhealtachd Support (GS) in 2016 will be $2000.

Applicants for ACGA GS funding should submit their applications by March 31st, 2016, and they will need to justify their applications based on a specific set of guidelines.

For complete details of the application process, and the aforementioned guidelines which will govern all future GS applications, please refer to the Grants page at http://www.acgamerica.org/aid/grants/

Grandfather Mountain GS&LW 2016 – Our Third Instructor.

We are very happy to announce our third teacher for the 2016 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week – Màiri Macinnes!

Màiri is one of the most accomplished singers performing in the Gaelic language in Scotland today.

mairi-biogThe beauty and purity of her voice has made her compelling listening for those interested in Gaelic music. She has also become a regular fixture on Gaelic television and radio, with her songs and personality entertaining in equal measure. Career highlights have included entertaining his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at Holyrood Palace, and performing as a soloist at the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Màiri was born in Baghasdail A Tuath, a small township on the beautiful and remote Hebridean island of South Uist. Gaelic was spoken exclusively at the home she shared with six siblings and it was not until Màiri went to school that she learned English. Her love for Gaelic is instinctive and enduring; her desire to share the beauty of her mother tongue has been a theme throughout her career.

Màiri’s latest album Gràs (Grace) was released in January 2015 to rave reviews. Resonating with deeply felt emotion, it tells the story of the past 10 years in beautiful, haunting, but ultimately uplifting phrases.

Beyond her musical career, Màiri is interested in the origins of Gaelic song and its historical content. Màiri loves meeting people and hearing and learning ever more about the human voice. But music remains her lifelong love and she has dedicated her career to the promotion of Gaelic music and culture throughout Scotland and beyond.

Visit Màiri’s website: http://mairimacinnes.com/

See and hear her on YouTube: Scottish Country Dance with Puirt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysIIwU33xjM

Subscribe to Màiri’s YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5hVotqgkCM&list=PLxQpFiiORIZg7w_r4aNHMaLTQ-nDlVzBQ

We are very happy to have Màiri join us for the 2016 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week. We hope you will join us for a wonderful week of Gaelic songs, conversation, cèilidhs, language lessons and so much more!