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!

Mòd 2015 – Mòr, math, misneachail!

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Our 2015 Mòd is now over, and, as our title says, it was big, good, and encouraging!  We had as many competitors over the course of two days as we’ve ever had (Mòr),  the competitions were at an excellent level of skill (Math), and our adjudicator, Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, left all of us with advice, encouragement, and a renewed dedication to the language and song of Scottish Gaelic (Misneachail)!

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The Mòd is coming!

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The 28th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 26, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time to be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a roundtrip airfare to Scotland!

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“One of the best ever” – The US National Mòd for 2014

The 27th US National Mòd was held in the beautiful hills of western Pennsylvania, with new faces as well as friends that have come back year after year.

Our adjudicator this year: Lewis (Lodaidh) MacKinnon, who brought his own unique approach and some new ideas to the role.  The result?  Competitors and spectators alike expressed enthusiasm for his supportive and educational perspective.

We welcomed again the Royal Mòd Gold Medalists: from 2013, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson.  They were as happy to be here in the festivities as we were to have them!

Congratulations to Debby Biro for winning the US Mòd’s highest awards – the S.C.O.T.S shield from the Twin States for highest scores in the Prescribed category, and for the Marietta MacLeod award for highest overall scores!

For more pictures and news of the Mòd, visit the Mòd and ACGA Facebook pages!