Gaelic song competition Mòd nan Lochan Mòra to be held June 8-10

The premiere Scottish Gaelic song event of the Midwest — Mòd nan Lochan Mòra or The Great Lakes Mòd — returns to Akron, Ohio, June 8-10.

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This year’s adjudicator will be Seumas Greumach (James Graham) of Sutherland, Scotland, winner of the men’s Bonn Òr a’ Chomuinn or Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd. James has been an instructor at ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week and a guest at the ACGA US National Mòd.

Mòd events will include singing competitions, storytelling, poetry recitations, and a workshop. This year we have some exciting events, including an all new competition — a Folk Band Challenge. You don’t need to already have a folk group; any singer or musician can learn the prescribed piece and we will randomly select groups to compete together.

Kids are especially welcome to come take part in the Mòd. We have a competition for Youth age 14-17, and one for children 13 and under.

Please email Anne Alexander at tinwhistle_aa@yahoo.com for complete information, including the registration form.

Registration Open for 20th Annual Gaelic Song and Language Week

BeinnSeanairThey say time flies, but it’s still hard to believe we will be gathering in North Carolina this July for the 20th Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, held from July 9 to 13 in Banner Elk, just before the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12-15.

Every year since 1998, An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach has held a week of classes taught by some of the finest Gaelic singers from Scotland and Nova Scotia, and some of the finest Gaelic language teachers from Scotland, Canada and the United States.

This year we will welcome Margaret Bennett, folklorist, Gaelic singer and teacher, and we’ll welcome back Catrìona Parsons and Jamie MacDonald. We look forward to spending a week with them at Lees MacRae College in Banner Elk, in the mountains of North Carolina.

Lodgings are provided at the college’s “Virginia” dormitory, with check-in the afternoon of Sunday, July 8. Meals are provided through the college, though students may opt to eat off-campus in Banner Elk or other nearby towns as well (see the registration form).

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The week is an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into Scottish Gaelic song and language, with classes at three levels for learners ranging from absolute beginners to fluent speakers. Students can mix and match classes and teachers and subjects as they please.

The week also features special events such as sessions on Highland folklore, movies in Gaelic, hiking and evening cèilidhs and song sessions. We hold a popular silent auction. In recent years we’ve had sessions on dance, types of songs and songs from specific islands and regions.

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games — now celebrating their 63rd year — follow the event. The Grandfather Mountain games feature the North Carolina Provincial Mòd, a competition in Scottish Gaelic song judged by our Song and Language Week instructors.

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We hope you’ll join us! Tiugainn leinn! For more information, go to the Events section this website and the Grandfather Mountain GSLW page. To register, click here.

Faochadh Èibhinn – Comic Relief!

‘S e an Dòmhnach (neo Latha na Sàbaid) a th’ann. DiLuain a-màireach. Dh’fhaodadh gu bheil feum agaibh air faochadh. Seo dhuibh “an aon chomaig Gàidhlig air loidhne air an t-saoghal” – ‘S Math Sin!

The only Gaelic comic online in the world!
The only Gaelic comic online in the world!

Agus tha sinn an dòchas gum bi an seachdain a thig math dhuibh.

It’s Sunday. Tomorrow is Monday. It’s possible you may need some relief. Here’s “the Only Gaelic Comic Online in the World!” – ‘S Math Sin! (“That’s Good!” or “Smashing!”)

Click on the image above to access the comics from Stòrlann Naiseanta na Gàidhlig, created for children but enjoyable for Gaelic learners of any age, especially beginners.

Added Value: The comic comes with audio files so you can listen to the dialogue.

We hope the coming week is good to you!

 

 

 

Baltimore-DC area Gaelic Learning Groups plan June 5 Picnic

CarderockTwo East Coast Gaelic Learning Communities plan to meet up on Sunday, June 4, from 1-5 pm, for a picnic and Gaelic hike at Carderock Recreation Area just outside Washington, D.C.

Gàidhlig Photomac, a group of Gaelic learners in the DC-Northern Virginia-Southern Maryland area, will join with Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, the Baltimore Gaelic School, for càirdeas, ceòl, cluichean agus coiseachd (fun, music, games and walking).

The outing will start at 1 pm (try to get there a bit early), with a short class and a game, followed by the hike (which should be an easy one). We’ll learn appropriate Gaelic phrases and vocabulary on the way, and return for our picnic by about 3 pm.

This is the first joint event sponsored by the two groups, and a sign of growing interest in linking Gaelic Learning Communities throughout North America in social activities as well as language learning.

ACGA recently completed an initial survey on Gaelic Learning Communities and is looking for ways to actively support and encourage them and connect them.

For information on the picnic, visit Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir’s Facebook page, or the Meetup page of Gàidhlig Photomac.

— Liam Ó Caiside

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Welcome to Guth nan Gàidheal!

Guth nan Gàidheal (GnG) is a volunteer-run block of Scottish Gaelic and English Internet Radio programming, focusing on the Scottish Gaelic langauge, and the culture associated with it.

GnG is brought to you by An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (The American Scottish Gaelic Society, aka ACGA) in association with Hard To Port Internet Radio (HTPR) in Baltimore which will carry the programming as a part of its normal schedule.

The programming is broadcast once every two weeks during a Tuesday evening (US/Eastern time, starting in January 2015) with an encore presentation in the early hours of the following day for listeners in Europe.

The aim is to bring you a selection of programs which will appeal to fluent speakers and learners alike with music, news and chat in both Gaelic and English, but all with a view to supporting the Gaelic language and culture.

But GnG is about more than this!

As a volunteer effort, we invite our listeners to apply their own talents to program production, and we welcome your participation; from program suggestions to program production! We want YOU to get involved in helping to promote the Gaelic language!

Check out the articles on this website, about how you can get involved!

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