Get ready for Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week 2016!

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When? July 3rd through July 8th, 2016

Where? Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.

What? From Sunday to Friday the sounds of Gaelic, the first language of the Scots, will resound in the mountains of North Carolina. Songs, stories, jokes, and fun galore!

Who? You! Absolute beginners to fluent speakers are welcome. Our experienced teachers come from Scotland and from New Scotland (Alba Nuadh, also known as Nova Scotia, Canada).

Why? Sing with us and learn some of the most beautiful songs in the world. Learn Gaelic with us, improve your language skills, or have conversations with other fluent speakers. We offer a great learning experience for all language levels. Enjoy the company of fellow Gaels and join our cèilidhs. Share a song, a poem, a joke, a story – or just listen and enjoy! Someone will help you if you don’t understand something. Come and join our very welcoming community!

Our 2016 teachers will be announced very soon!

Registration for this amazing week will open this Winter.

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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GFM Gaelic Song & Language Week Open

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week!

You may now register either online (http://www.acgamerica.org/events/grandfather-mountain/2015-gfm-reg-email/) or by mail (http://www.acgamerica.org/events/grandfather-mountain/2015-gfm-reg-mail/).

We have a wonderful lineup of instructors – coming to us from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from the world of “Outlander” and the present-day Gaelic-speaking communities of America and Alba (the Gaelic name for Scotland)!

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Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week Announces Third Teacher for 2015

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We heartily welcome Kathleen Reddy to the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week 2015. A Nova Scotia native, Kathleen studied and taught multiple levels of Gaelic on both sides of the Atlantic. She’s taught secondary school, college, and immersion courses to learners and native speakers. Kathleen received her BA in English with a Celtic Studies subsidiary (St. Francis Xavier University), holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow), and a Diploma of Higher Education in Gaelic and Related Studies (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye). She’s worked for the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs and currently teaches at St. Francis Xavier University: http://sites.stfx.ca/celtic_studies/people. More information can be found on http://www.gaeliccollege.edu/study-with-us/faculty/kathleen-reddy/. She’ll be joining Joy Dunlop and Gillebrìde MacMillan, completing our roster of teachers for 2015.

Kathleen Reddy

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