ACGA to hold Virtual National Mòd in November

WaulkingMark your calendars — An Comann Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) will hold its 31st US National Mòd entirely online the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The Mòd Committee is contacting adjudicators and making plans for the competitions and any other events, and more information will be available soon.

The coronavirus has pushed all types of events online this year, including ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week. That event not only survived the transition but grew, drawing 43 people this year. We expect the virtual US Mòd, untethered by a physical location, will draw more people from all points of North America as well.

The event will be live, much like the online North Carolina Mòd that followed the Grandfather Mountain week in July. Look for more information at this site and on Facebook soon!

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.

2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week Canceled

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We regret to say the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week scheduled for July 5-10 has been canceled.

Tha sinn gu math duilich.

Lees-McRae College, the site of the event for two decades, has officially canceled their hosting of all summer events and programs due to necessary actions taken to address the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes our event. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, which follow the workshop week, have already been canceled.

Those of you already registered will be receiving refunds shortly.

We realize the costs of the pandemic and social distancing requirements would have made attending the event difficult for many.  However, the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week Committee, would like to hear whether or not you would be interested in a “Virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week.”

You may comment on the group’s Facebook page or here.

We hope to see you online or at the 2021 Gaelic Song & Language Week.