Registration Opens for Virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week

GFM GS&LW LogoACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week (GMS&LW) will again be held online this year, with four days of classes in Scottish Gaelic song and language taught via Zoom, all for $125 per student. The classes will run Monday through Thursday, July 5-8, followed by the Virtual North Carolina Provincial Gaelic Mòd Friday , July 9.

The virtual event will feature Christine Primrose and Alec “Bhaltos” MacDonald as instructors. Learn more about our teachers here. All classes will be taught through Zoom, the widely used video and audio conferencing software available at zoom.us.

Christine Primrose
Christine Primrose

Registration is available online, and payment can be made via PayPal. Follow this link to register:

Alec Bhaltos MacDonald
Alec Bhaltos MacDonald

We’re excited about our second  virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week and 22nd week-long event — even COVID-19 won’t keep us from singing and learning Gaelic. Look for more information here and on our Facebook page. The GMS&LW committee also has a Facebook group that you may join and an event page.

ACGA to hold Virtual National Mòd in November

WaulkingMark your calendars — An Comann Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) will hold its 31st US National Mòd entirely online the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The Mòd Committee is contacting adjudicators and making plans for the competitions and any other events, and more information will be available soon.

The coronavirus has pushed all types of events online this year, including ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week. That event not only survived the transition but grew, drawing 43 people this year. We expect the virtual US Mòd, untethered by a physical location, will draw more people from all points of North America as well.

The event will be live, much like the online North Carolina Mòd that followed the Grandfather Mountain week in July. Look for more information at this site and on Facebook soon!

Cape Breton’s Féis an Eilein Goes Virtual, Puts Concerts Online

Many of us are missing the opportunity to travel to Cape Breton this year, especially to Féis an Eilein, which is celebrating its 30th year despite the coróna-bhioras (COVID-19).

The weeklong event in August is a highlight of the Gaelic year in Nova Scotia. The féis, held on Eilean na Nollaig or Christmas Island, is the first to be held outside Scotland.

But don’t despair. Even if you can’t go to the féis this year, the féis can come to you.

Féis an Eilein has gone virtual, like many events, and its concerts are available on the organization’s website, and through its YouTube channel. They’ll bring Cape Breton into your own home.

First up, Aug. 18, was the Mòd nam Fìdhlearan, the Fiddler’s Court concert.

Second, on Aug. 19, Cèilidh nam Pìobairean, the famous Piper’s Cèilidh.

Keep an eye out for other programs from Féis an Eilein.