Fèis is the Gaelic word for a festival or feast, and this year we offer a feast of Gaelic music and song at the first-ever ACGA Fèis, a day-long event preceding the 30th Annual U.S. National Mòd this Sept. 22.
Join us for workshops on Scottish Gaelic song, language and music with some of the best instructors available from Scotland and the U.S., including Maighread Stiùbhart and Murdo “Wasp” MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis. This is a unique opportunity to learn from these tradition bearers.
A Fèis is a non-competitive event focused on education and enjoyment of Gaelic tradition. Our workshops will include a special presentation on the wire-strung harp or Clàrsach of Scotland and Ireland by James Ruff of Vassar College, New York, the winner of the men’s gold medal for Gaelic singing at last year’s U.S. National Mòd.
We will also offer a special instrumental workshop led by Murdo MacDonald, who in addition to being a renowned Gaelic singer is an accordion or “box” player. “Cèilidh 101” will bring musicians together to learn and play Scottish tunes in dance sets. Bring your fiddle, guitar, accordion, small pipes, tin whistle, mandolin, banjo … whatever you play!
Maighread and Murdo will both offer workshops on Scottish Gaelic song, with Margaret focusing on songs of the Highland Clearances and Gaelic Diaspora and Murdo teaching songs from his own village of Siadar a’ Chladaich on Lewis.
We’re also planning language-learning events, including a nature hike in Gaelic. There will be sessions and opportunities to play, sing and speak with fellow Gaelic speakers and learners and lovers of traditional music in an accessible and fun environment.
And when the Fèis ends on Friday night, Sept. 22, the Mòd begins! Our hope is these two events will complement each other and bring Scottish Gaelic culture to an even broader audience. For more information, visit these pages:
Fèis & Mòd Registration
Fèisean nan Gàidheal (Scotland’s Fèis organization)