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.
The U.S. National Mòd is on hiatus in 2018, as we prepare for a reorganized and expanded event in 2019. But ACGA will still hold a regional event, Mòd Ligonier, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Sept. 21-23, during the Ligonier Highland Games.
We’ll be gathering at a local hotel Friday, Sept. 21, and We are very fortunate to have Alasdair Currie, the An Comunn Gàidhealach Royal Mòd men’s Gold Medal winner from 2017, as our adjudicator for the event, along with ACGA President Michael Mackay.
We’ll be gathering on Friday at local hotel, and anyone who wants to come to the Mòd can find accommodations in the area — whatever works for your budget.
Download the Mòd Ligonier 2018 registration form, fill it out, and send to Anne Alexander as an e-mail attachment. We hope to see you in Ligonier!