The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA Gives Thanks for 32nd US National Mòd

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Scottish Gaelic song, poetry, and storytelling were well represented at the US National Mòd this month, as An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaga (ACGA) held its 32nd Mòd Nov. 13-14. The two-day event brought together nearly 30 participants and attendees for six competitions and two workshops.

This was the second year the Mòd was held virtually, through Zoom, with 27 registrants. Altogether, 13 competitors gave 28 individual performances, ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

SpeakGaelic initiative launched in Scotland and globally

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SpeakGaelic, the first multi-media learning platform for Scottish Gaelic, was launched this week in Scotland, online, across multiple social media platforms, and on television and radio. The program’s goal is to get people in Scotland and around the world speaking Gaelic, whether they are absolute beginners or already have learned some Gaelic.

The initiative is backed by the Scottish government and is being jointly produced by ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Toronto to hold online Gaelic Fèis Oct. 15-16

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The Gaelic Society of Toronto will host an online Fèis, a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival, Oct. 15-16. The event will start off with the Annual General Meeting of Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto (CGT) on Friday Oct. 15, followed immediately by a cèilidh hosted by Gaelic singer Robyn Carrigan of Nova Scotia. David Livingston-Lowe will present a Gaelic Whisky toast.

The AGM and Ceilidh are ...Read More

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Forging Alliances Between Gaels, Indigenous Peoples

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Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir (the Baltimore Gaelic School) will hold the third online event in its Facing Our History series Sunday, Oct. 3, a discussion of the impact of colonialism on Scottish Gaels, their involvement in colonialism, and how Scottish Gaels and their descendents can become allies of indigenous peoples. This will be the first episode in the series where the guest comes ...

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Dunlop, MacLeod to join ACGA for 2021 US Mòd

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Two of Scotland’s premier Gaelic singers, Joy Dunlop and Angus G. MacLeod, will adjudicate the US National Mòd via Zoom Nov. 13-14, An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaga (ACGA) announced Sunday.

Both Dunlop and MacLeod are former gold medal winners at Scotland’s Royal National Mòd, and both have attended the US National Mòd in previous years as special guests. We’re delighted they will join us as adjudicators for ...

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An Ceangal magazine launches online

| | Gaelic News, Gaelic Resources, Gaelic Song

An Ceangal, an international magazine aimed at the Scottish diaspora, launched a pilot issue recently. This issue also includes an online questionnaire for readers tro complete to gauge interests on future content and contributors. Their first “proper” edition will come out soon. The magazine will paritcularly interest those who have conections or interest in Highland Perthshire. It also seeks contributions from those with interests in ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

US National Mòd Registration Opens

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Registration is now open for the 32nd US National Mòd, which will be held online Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14. The two-day event is a celebration of Scottish Gaelic song, poetry, and culture, featuring several competitions, workshops with our adjudicators, and a cèilidh.

Register for the event at this link:

https://acga.wufoo.com/forms/s1cq3lf20j6j3j5/

Registrants pay a $25 fee to attend all events, including the various competitions, workshops, and ...Read More

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‘Bannan’ available in North America via MHz Choice

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For North Americans, access to the BBC’s Gaelic-language television programming is extremely limited, thanks to British licensing laws. That’s why Scottish Gaelic learners in Canada and the United States will be delighted to learn that Bannan, a BBC Alba drama in Scottish Gaelic set on the Isle of Skye, is now available to viewers in North America through the streaming service MHz Choice.

Bannan, first broadcast ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Edinburgh researchers to bring ‘Alexa NicGugaill’ to life

| | Gaelic Education, Gaelic News, Gaelic Resources

University researchers in Scotland are trying to develop a Gaelic-speaking voice assistant like the Alexa, Siri, and Google voice assistants used by millions of people to check the weather, play music, or shop online. According to a news report in The Scotsman, linguists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers at the University of Edinburgh want to use AI to convert spoken Gaelic to text.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA releases schedule for Gaelic Song & Language Week

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The full schedule for the ACGA Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week, which will be held online July 5 through 8, is now available on the event’s page on this website.

Scottish Gaelic instructors Christine Primrose of Lewis and Alec “Bhaltos” MacDonald of Skye will teach Scottish Gaelic song and language at three levels and in three blocks of classes Monday through Thursday. There will ...Read More