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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Mark Your Calendars for GS&LW 2015

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July 5th – 10th 2015

Join us for the 17th Annual Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week
Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk NC.
presented by An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach / The American Scottish Gaelic Society

We are pleased to have Gillebrìde MacMillan from South Uist return to the Gaelic Song and Language Week in 2015. After completing a degree in Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow and a Masters Degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands, Gillebrìde now works in the Celtic and Gaelic Department at University of Glasgow. He is a Gaelic translator, a published writer, and has worked on the Tobar an Dualchais archiving project. He regularly sings and teaches Gaelic song at festivals and cèilidhs in Scotland, Europe and the USA. You may have seen Gillebrìde in episode 3 of the Outlander television series as “Gwyllyn the Bard”. Find out more on YouTube, on his website: http://www.gillebride.com/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gillebride.

Also joining us is Joy Dunlop. Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2010 & 2011, she has won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal. An Argyll native, fluent Gaelic speaker and teacher, Joy presents programs on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. She is also an award winning Scottish step-dancer and Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion. Find out more about Joy via YouTube, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joydunlop and from her website: http://www.joydunlop.com/. We are delighted to welcome Joy to Grandfather Mountain for the first time.

More information about the 2015 Gaelic Song & Language Week coming soon!
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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!