Registration for 2020 Online US National Mòd Opens

Registration for the first online US National Mòd, which will be held via Zoom Nov. 6-8, is now open on this website.MOD-Logo-v8


The Mòd this year will feature six competitions:

  • A beginning song competition for first-time competitors/singers (one song, own choice);
  • A general competition for more experienced singers (have competed before);
  • A storytelling competition (traditional Gaelic story, up to five minutes);
  • A poetry recitation competition (from Maraiche nan Cuantan by Flòraidh Nic Phàil);
  • An original poetry competition (submit your own poem)
  • A sight reading competition (read a piece of Gaelic prose selected by the adjudicator)

You may register through this online form, also available on the 2020 US National Mòd page.

The cost is $25 to attend the Mòd, from our Friday night Zoom cèilidh through Sunday’s workshops. Competitors will pay an additional $25 fee for a total of $45 to compete and attend.

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We’re excited to bring you this three-day event – Tha sinn air bhioran!

Those entering the poetry recitation competition will receive materials. If you are entering the song competitions, please send us your song lyrics and sheet music, if available, by Oct. 24.

Contact Mòd registrar Liam Ó Caiside with any questions.

Gillebrìde MacMillan, Rachel Walker to adjudicate ACGA Online Mòd

Plans are quickly taking shape for ACGA’s first Virtual US National Mòd on Saturday, Nov. 7. Two of Scotland’s leading Gaelic singers and educators, Rachel Walker and Gillebrìde MacMillan, will judge competitions in Gaelic storytelling, poetry, and song, and each will offer workshops as well.

The entire event will be conducted through the Zoom video conferencing app, just like ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week and the North Carolina Provincial Mòd in July.

Rachel Walker won the women's gold medal at the 2017 Royal National Mòd.
Rachel Walker won the women’s gold medal at the 2017 Royal National Mòd.

Rachel Walker is a Gaelic singer, songwriter and tutor living in the Scottish Highlands. A member of the quartet Cruinn and the group Skippinish, Rachel was voted Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish traditional Music Awards in 2013.

She became involved with Gaelic song from a very young age, competing at local Mòd’s and performing at local cèilidhs. She studied Gaelic song with renowned tutor Kenna Campbell at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has adjudicated at regional Mòds in the United States.

Gillebrìde MacMillan hails from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. He is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow teaching Gaelic language, literature, and song. He also is the winner of the men’s gold medal at the Royal National Mòd in Scotland, and a former adjudicator at the ACGA Mòd.

Gillebrìde MacMillan with US National Mòd Women's 2015 gold medallist Connie Smith.
Gillebrìde MacMillan with US National Mòd Women’s 2015 gold medallist Connie Smith.

Gillebride also is a translator, a piper, and an actor, playing Gwyllyn the Bard in Starz Outlander.

We expect the online US Mòd, untethered by a physical location, to draw people from all over North America. We hope you will join us, either as a competitor or an attendee to learn more about Scottish Gaelic culture and the “vocal arts” of song, poetry and storytelling.

Registration information will be available shortly.


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!