Grandfather Mountain Song & Language Week Goes Online July 6-9


ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week (GMS&LW) will be held online, with four days of classes July 6-9 in Scottish Gaelic song and language taught via Zoom. The virtual event will feature Wilma Kennedy and Màiri Britton as instructors.

After the physical on-site event was cancelled due to the loss of our venue at Lees-McRae College, the GMS&LW committee swung into action and organized an unprecedented online event, with full class schedules — six classes a day for four days — all for $125 per student. All classes will be taught through Zoom, the widely used video and audio conferencing software available at

Wilma Kennedy
Wilma Kenn

You may see the schedule and more information here:

The song and language week will be followed by an online North Carolina Provincial Mòd — a competition in Gaelic song — on Friday, July 10. Attending the Mòd costs an additional $5 — participating as a competitor costs $10.

Màiri Britton
Màiri Britton

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

We’re excited about taking this step into online events — 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.

Corona-bhìoras: Scottish Gaelic COVID-19 Resources

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What is the coronavirus and why is everyone talking about it? If you have children (and if you don’t), this book from Gaelic-language publisher Acair may help answer those questions.

The Scottish Government has published information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Gaelic here.  You can download a “staying safe at home” leaflet in Gaelic here.

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Bithibh faiceallach, bithibh sàbhailte, bithibh slàn a h-uile duine.

Be careful, be safe, be well everyone.

2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week Canceled


We regret to say the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week scheduled for July 5-10 has been canceled.

Tha sinn gu math duilich.

Lees-McRae College, the site of the event for two decades, has officially canceled their hosting of all summer events and programs due to necessary actions taken to address the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes our event. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, which follow the workshop week, have already been canceled.

Those of you already registered will be receiving refunds shortly.

We realize the costs of the pandemic and social distancing requirements would have made attending the event difficult for many.  However, the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week Committee, would like to hear whether or not you would be interested in a “Virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week.”

You may comment on the group’s Facebook page or here.

We hope to see you online or at the 2021 Gaelic Song & Language Week.