The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA releases schedule for Gaelic Song & Language Week

| | Uncategorized

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

ACGA Upgrades YouTube Channel

| | Organization

The YouTube channel associated with An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach, the American Scottish Gaelic Society, has received a facelift, with new videos and playlists.

Among the videos available on the ACGAmerica YouTube channel is our most recent Annual General Meeting, held in February, and the first episode of ACGA Agallamh, a program that will include interviews and conversations with people active in the North American Gaelic world.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA Website Relaunched

| | Gaelic Resources, Learn Gaelic, Organization

Fàilte, a h-uile duine, dhan làrach-lìn ùr ACGA, làrach-lìn a tha làn de ghoireasan, airteagalan, agus tuilleadh. Welcome, everyone, to the new ACGA website, a website filled with resources, articles, and more.

This website is the culmination of nine months of work by the ACGA web committee and Redtail Design, Athens, Ohio. It replaces an older WordPress-based blog, but retains all the important functionality of that ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

New ACGA video series launched with ‘Gaelic in Your Gob’

| | ACGA Agallamh, Gaelic Resources

The lives and works of people in North America involved with Scottish Gaelic is the focus of a new video series, ACGA Agallamh, created by the An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaga (ACGA), the American Gaelic Society. The premiere program features an interview with Dr. Michael Newton, who last month released his latest book, “Gaelic in Your Gob: Four Dozen English Words that came from the Scottish ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA’s Virtual AGM to welcome special Scottish guests

| | Meetings

The ACGA Annual General Meeting will be held online next weekend, and two special guests will be joining us.

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of multiplatform content at MG ALBA, will introduce SpeakGaelic, an adult learning campaign, website, and course that will be launched this September.

The multi-media campaign will offer something to everyone from complete beginners to Scottish Gaelic speakers at different levels of fluency to help them ...

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Reading the Eggs on Oidhche Shamhna

| | Learn Gaelic, Samhain

Oidhche Shamhna — the Eve of the feast of Samhain in Gaelic tradition and Halloween in English — is upon us again, though in the midst of a pandemic we might not see soo many samhnairean or “guisers,” known in North America as “trick-or-treaters.”

There’s plenty of debate about the origins of trick-or-treating customs, with some arguing the tradition was invented in the US fairly recently ...

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Registration for 2020 Online US National Mòd Opens

| | National Mòd

Registration for the first online US National Mòd, which will be held via Zoom Nov. 6-8, is now open on this website.

The Mòd this year will feature six competitions:

  • A beginning song competition for first-time competitors/singers (one song, own choice);
  • A general competition for more experienced singers (have competed before);
  • A storytelling competition (traditional Gaelic story, up to five minutes);
  • A poetry recitation competition (from Maraiche nan Cuantan by ...
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Gillebrìde MacMillan, Rachel Walker to adjudicate ACGA Online Mòd

| | National Mòd

Plans are quickly taking shape for ACGA’s first Virtual US National Mòd on Saturday, Nov. 7. Two of Scotland’s leading Gaelic singers and educators, Rachel Walker and Gillebrìde MacMillan, will judge competitions in Gaelic storytelling, poetry, and song, and each will offer workshops as well.

The entire event will be conducted through the Zoom video conferencing app, just like ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA to hold Virtual National Mòd in November

| | Gaelic Song, National Mòd

Mark your calendars — An Comann Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) will hold its 31st US National Mòd entirely online the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The Mòd Committee is contacting adjudicators and making plans for the competitions and any other events, and more information will be available soon.

The coronavirus has pushed all types of events online this year, including ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Song and Language Week. That ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Cape Breton’s Féis an Eilein Goes Virtual, Puts Concerts Online

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Song

Many of us are missing the opportunity to travel to Cape Breton this year, especially to Féis an Eilein, which is celebrating its 30th year despite the coróna-bhioras (COVID-19).

The weeklong event in August is a highlight of the Gaelic year in Nova Scotia. The féis, held on Eilean na Nollaig or Christmas Island, is the first to be held outside Scotland.

But don’t despair. Even if ...

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