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 zoom.us.

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.

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.

An Naidheachd Againne: Prospects for Gaelic in 2030; Carina MacLeod interview

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The latest edition of An Naidheachd Againne (“Our News” or “The News At Us”) is available to members of An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA). The quarterly newsletter — now in its 26th year — is a leading source of information in and about Scottish Gaelic around the world, published by our association in North America. Most of the articles, news stories, columns, and features are bilingual, with some features, such as the serialized fantasy novel, Sgoil nan Eun, published only in Gaelic.

Th2019-12-06_Alba2030_BannerPice Spring 2020 issue starts with “Alba 2030 : Buaidh is Piseach / Prospects for Gaelic in 2030,”an important article by Dr. Wilson MacLeòid (McLeod), professor of Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh. In December, about 60 people, MacLeòid included, gathered at the Scottish Parliament to discuss where they expected or hoped the language would be at the end of this new decade. There are few opportunities for concerned Gaelic speakers to gather together in this way, he notes. Here’s an excerpt:

“Chan eil e idir furasta fàisneachd a dhèanamh a thaobh na bhios an dàn don Ghàidhlig san àm ri teachd Anns na 1950an bha mòran eòlaichean glè dhubhach mu chor a’ chànain, agus iad an dùil gum biodh i marbh am meadhan an 21mh linn. ….

.. It is by no means easy to make predictions about the future prospects for Gaelic. In the 1950s many observers were very pessimistic about the outlook for the language, with some predicting that Gaelic would die out by the middle of the 21st century.”

Fortunately, the status of Gaelic is in many ways much more secure in the early 21st century. But is it sustainable? That’s a question MacLeòid addresses in this issue’s lead article.

Other articles and features of this issue of An Naidheachd Againne include reviews of recent books, including Dr. Michael Newton’s “The Everyday Life of the Clans of the Scottish Highlands” and John Murray’s “Reading the Gaelic Landscape,” an interview with Carina MacLeod, the Gaelic-speaking comedian and actress from the Isle of Lewis, and information about the 2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, scheduled for July 5-10 in North Carolina.

As always, there’s information about upcoming events, online learning resources, interesting websites, grammar and conversational Gaelic, and more. To receive the newsletter, simply join ACGA, following the link on this website. The cost for an annual membership, which includes four issues of the newsletter, is only $35. If you’d like to review back issues, visit our free archive.