U.S. National Mòd

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Welcome to Mòd Naiseanta Aimearagaidh, the U.S. National Mòd, an annual three-day celebration of Scottish Gaelic song and culture in the United States.

The U.S. National Mòd is, at its core, a series of competitions in Scottish Gaelic song, poetry and storytelling that takes place during the Ligonier Highland Games in western Pennsylvania.

But the Mòd also is much more than competitions. It’s a chance to join a Gaelic community that’s enthusiastic and supportive of learners at every level, from fluent speakers to new beginners. It’s a chance to learn Gaelic songs from some of the best singers and instructors from Scotland and Nova Scotia. It’s a chance, if you’re a Gaelic learner, to use the language. And it’s a fun weekend with old and new friends.

In 2017, the Mòd also hosted the first ACGA Fèis, a series of instructional workshops. Events were divided between the Antiochian Village retreat center near Ligonier, our lodging site, and the Ligonier Highland Games.

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We started with afternoon arrival and check-in at the Antiochian Village on Thursday, Sept. 21 (and Friday). Most meals during the Mòd are provided at the village and are included in the lodging cost. The Fèis was held at the village Friday, Sept. 22, and the Mòd began that evening. Competitions in reading Gaelic poetrystorytelling, and sight-reading are typically held Friday night at the village.

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Song competitions were held at the Ligonier Highland Games Saturday, Sept. 23. These competitions typically begin about 9 a.m. and end around 3 p.m., with a lunch break and concert from the Scottish Mòd Gold Medalists on the Main Stage.

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The day’s events are followed by an evening banquet and cèilidh at the Ligonier Tavern in downtown Ligonier. The evening typically starts with a music session in our private room at the restaurant, and the cèilidh features more singing, music and occassionally dancing!

The Mòd wrapped up Sunday, Sept. 24, after lunch at the Antiochian Village.

For more specific information, check the links below. Enjoy the other resources as well, including our song archive. Thigibh agus seinn còmhla! Come and sing together.