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


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: More information can be found on She’ll be joining Joy Dunlop and Gillebrìde MacMillan, completing our roster of teachers for 2015.

Kathleen Reddy

For more information about Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, click here.

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: and on Twitter:

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: and from her website: We are delighted to welcome Joy to Grandfather Mountain for the first time.

More information about the 2015 Gaelic Song & Language Week coming soon!
Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week
An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach
An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach / American Scottish Gaelic Society

“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!

The 2014 U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

The Mòd is coming!

The 27th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 19, 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!

Both Gold Medalists from Scotland’s Royal National Mòd will be attending our event. This year, we will have the honor to welcome the female and male medalists, Eilidh Munro and Robert Robertson, brought to us courtesy of The Gaelic Society An Comunn Gaidhealach, in Scotland.

We will be having Lewis Mackinnon from Cape Breton as our adjudicator this year. This will be a first here for Lewis as our adjudicator, and it will be a unique opportunity to meet and speak with the Office of Gaelic Affairs’ Executive Director, let alone to receive an adjudication from an accomplished Gael such as he! We welcome the opportunity to have him with us this year.

If you have ever wanted to see the Mòd or meet with native speakers, to compete and try out your Gaelic, or just to attend the games and take in the Mòd experience, sign up! Go to and you’ll see what you need to do! You can direct any questions to

We do ask that you send in your forms by September 14 so that we can get a good head count.

We welcome donations to support our efforts to continue holding Mòd Naiseanta Aimeiragaidh. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States as allowed by law. There is a donation page on the form mentioned above, and you can also donate on the AGCA website.

The Mòd Committee hope you will be able to join us in Ligonier, or if not, that you will consider making a donation.

Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,

Comataidh a’ Mhòid
Mòd Naiseanta Aimearagaidh 2014

2014 Gaelic Song & Language Week, Grandfather Mountain


Interested in Scottish Gaelic, the ancient and revered tongue of Scotland that’s spoken and  sung today? Please join us for the 16th Annual Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, July 6-11, 2014, at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC.

An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (The American Scottish Gaelic Society, ACGA) brings you three distinguished Gaelic Instructors for a week of educational and fun-filled classes at Beinn Seanair (Grandfather Mountain, in Gaelic). Christine Primrose is a Scottish Royal National Mòd gold medal winner for Gaelic song. Angus MacLeod is a revered story-teller and has worked in short Gaelic films. They will be teaching the intermediate and advanced classes. Nicholas (Neacal) Freer, a Gaelic learner and experienced teacher, will conduct the beginners’ classes.


Christine Primrose is a native of Carloway, Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. As part of growing up in a traditional Gaelic community, she began singing at a young age. Christine is a Gold Medal winner for Gaelic singing at the Scottish Royal National Mòd for 1974 and her recent accolades include “Gaelic Singer of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2009. Her tours have taken her worldwide, including Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, taking her distinctive voice and the Gaelic language to a wide audience. She is also in demand as a tutor: she currently tutors on the (BA) Gaelic and Traditional Music Course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. We are delighted to have her join us at Beinn Seanair.

Here’s a fun clip of Christine in “Kitchen Music” where she not only makes the meal, but sings for it, too!

Another clip of Christine performing Mo Cheist Am Fear Ban’ / My Darling Is the Fair One

Here’s an interesting article about Christine:


Angus MacLeod Photo

Angus MacLeod is a Gaelic speaker, singer, storyteller, artist, writer and actor. He was born to Gaelic speaking parents in a Cape Breton Gaidhealtachd. He learned  Gaelic on his own through song and by speaking with local elders, augmented by classes at various institutions in Nova Scotia. Angus began teaching in 1998. Since then he has taught Gaelic language and song at the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, St.Francis Xavier University, and Cape Breton University and at many venues throughout Canada and the U.S. Along with being a performer for Celtic Colours Festival for many years, Angus has appeared as an actor in three Gaelic short films. Angus was the first instructor in North America to use the Total Immersion Plus methodology for teaching Gaelic. He is presently Vice-President of, and a teacher with, the Atlantic Gaelic Academy as well as teaching in-person classes in Cape Breton, online classes as a private instructor and writing a bi-weekly Gaelic / English blog for

He is a renowned story-teller and also an accomplished Gaelic singer who conducts Gaelic song workshops in Nova Scotia. We offer him the heartiest of welcomes to Beinn Seanair.

Click here to see Angus in the first Gaelic language short film made in North America, Faire Chaluim MhicLeoid / The Wake of Calum MacLeod

Here’s Angus in a excerpt from the 2012 Gaelic rendition of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart / An Cridhe Cabaireach


 Nick Freer Photo

Nicholas (Neacal) Freer has been a student of Gaelic since 1988 and began teaching beginner and intermediate level students in 1995. A keen student himself, Neacal has attended the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s (Nova Scotia), Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Skye), as well as studying with Morag Craig at Cothrom Na Feinne. He served as US National Gaelic Mòd Chair from 2004 to 2010. He has won multiple gold medals in story-telling and been interviewed on Reidio nan Gaidheal. Several of Neacal’s students have gone on to compete at the Scottish Royal National Mòd and in the US National Mòd. Known as an energetic teacher who adds humor and merriment to the learning experience, we are pleased to have Neacal join us this summer.


Please join us for this wonderful week of Gaelic fun and learning! We hope to see you there!

If you can help us promote this great event, please contact John Grimaldi at iainmartainn at

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