The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Registration Open for Gaelic Singers, Storytellers at Mòd Ligonier 2019

| | Events, Gaelic Song, National Mòd

The Ligonier Mòd will take place in the town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, at the Ligonier Highland Games Sept. 13-15, 2019, as it has many times in the past!

We will gather Friday night, Sept. 13, for those who wish, for a cèilidh at the Ramada Ligonier, situated in the heart of the town near Fort Ligonier. The competitions will take place at the Ligonier Highland Games ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Rachel Walker coming to Ligonier Mòd in September

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Acclaimed Scottish Gaelic singer Rachel Walker is returning to America, this time to judge the Gaelic song competition at Mòd Ligonier 2019 in September.

The Mòd is a celebration of Scottish Gaelic song, music, poetry and storytelling based on Scotland’s Royal National Mòd and provincial Mòds. ACGA has held 30 National U.S. Mòds, many of them at Ligonier in western Pennsylvania.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Register now for ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week

| | Events, Gaelic Song, Gaelic Week @ GFM

Registration is now open for the 2019 ACGA Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week, a five-day intensive exploration of Scottish Gaelic song, language and culture in the western mountains of North Carolina. This year’s program will run from Sunday, July 7 through Friday, July 12, followed by the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and North Carolina Provincial Gaelic Mòd.

The GS&LW returns to Lees-MacRae College for ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Top Gaelic teachers, Musicians coming to Fèis Seattle 2019

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ACGA Members & Friends: The Board of Directors of Slighe nan Gaidheal in Seattle would like to invite you to attend Féis Seattle 2019 this coming August in Olympia, Washington.

From Aug. 13 to 18, Evergreen College will be filled with piping, singing, fiddling, clàrsach music, and the sounds of Scottish Gaelic. Please join us for the classes, céilidhs, concerts, and “craic.”

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Mòd Ligonier Puts US Spotlight on Scottish Gaelic Song, Language

| | Events, Gaelic Song, Organization

Scottish Gaelic song, story and poetry rang out at the Ligonier Highland Games this year when ACGA held its latest Mòd — a day-long competition in Gaelic language arts and tradition. The popularity of the Mòd — ACGA has held one in Ligonier each year since 1995 — demonstrates how important Gaelic song is to learning, teaching, and promoting Scottish Gaelic in North America.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Cracking the ‘Halloween Nut’ in North Carolina: A Free Public Event

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Organization

You may be aware that Halloween is derived from the Gaelic (and more broadly, Celtic) festival of Oidhche Shamhna and Samhain. The festival, with its pre-Christian roots, commemorated the last phase of the harvest season, ancestors, and the end of the old (agricultural) year. But how much do you really know about the Samhain customs and beliefs of the Scottish Highlanders?

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Registration open for Mòd Ligonier; Islay’s Alasdair Currie to attend

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Registration is now open for Mòd Ligonier 2018, which will be held at the Ligonier Highland Games in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.

Mòd Ligonier will feature competitions in Scottish Gaelic song, poetry, storytelling familiar to those who’ve attended ACGA’s U.S. National Mòd in years past. (The national Mòd, which celebrated its 30th anniverary last year, is on hiatus this year ...Read More

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ACGA ‘Mini-Mòd’ Coming to Ligonier Sept. 21-23

| | Events, Gaelic Song, National Mòd

ACGA’s National Mòd in Pennsylvania is on hiatus for 2018 as we re-tool for an expanded event in 2019, but we’ve gotten a large number of inquiries and requests to get together in Ligonier again this year, to have a smaller, informal Mòd.

We just can’t let the year go by without keeping the tradition of singing, storytelling, poetry, and good times going in some form! ...

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Preparing for the Gaelic Song & Language Week this July 9-13

| | Events, Gaelic Song

There’s still time to reserve a place at the 20th Annual Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, which will be held by ACGA July 9 to 13 in Banner Elk, North Carolina, just before the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12 to 15.

We’re working on getting everything ready for the weeklong event at Lees-MacRae College, which will feature Scottish Gaelic language song classes taught ...

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Hebridean Students Bring Gaelic, Music to NYC for Tartan Day

| | Events, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Song

This past Friday, April 6, was Tartan Day in the United States, and people around the country celebrated Latha an Tartain. New York City hosted its annual Tartan Day Parade on Sixth Avenue, with more than 4,000 registered marchers, including Còmhlan Pìoba Sgoil Lìonacleit, the student pipe band from Sgoil Lìonacleit in the Outer Hebrides.

(See a BBC video report on the band’s trip in Gaelic ...

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