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

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

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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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

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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Gaelic song competition Mòd nan Lochan Mòra to be held June 8-10

| | Advanced, Beginner, Events, Gaelic Song, Intermediate

The premiere Scottish Gaelic song event of the Midwest — Mòd nan Lochan Mòra or The Great Lakes Mòd — returns to Akron, Ohio, June 8-10.

This year’s adjudicator will be Seumas Greumach (James Graham) of Sutherland, Scotland, winner of the men’s Bonn Òr a’ Chomuinn or Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd. James has been an instructor at ACGA’s Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and ...Read More
The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Registration Open for 20th Annual Gaelic Song and Language Week

| | Advanced, Beginner, Events, Gaelic Song, Gaelic Week @ GFM, Intermediate

They say time flies, but it’s still hard to believe we will be gathering in North Carolina this July for the 20th Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week, held from July 9 to 13 in Banner Elk, just before the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12-15.

Every year since 1998, An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach has held a week of classes taught by some of the ...

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First ‘Oidhche nam Bàrd’ Celebrates Scottish Gaelic Poetry

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Song

Everyone, practically everywhere, has heard of Robert Burns and Burns’ Night, but what about Scotland’s Gaelic poets?

They got their due and their own night Jan. 27, when 20 people gathered to celebrate centuries of poets and Gaelic poetry and share poems and songs at Oidhche nam Bàrd in Alexandria, Virginia.

Gàidhlig Photomac, the Scottish Gaelic Learning Community in the Washington, D.C., area, organized the special event, ...

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Christine Primrose to hold Scottish Gaelic Song Workshop in NYC Dec. 13

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Week @ GFM

Scottish Gaelic learners and fans of Gaelic song in the New York area will have a unique opportunity to meet and study with one of the leading exponents of Gaelic song in Scotland this December, Christine Primrose. The New York Caledonian Club will present a workshop with Primrose on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7-9 pm, at Studios 353 (353 West 48th Street, Manhattan, 2nd floor) ...

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Briathrachas nan Cèilidhean: Cèilidh Talk!

| | ACGA Fèis, Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, National Mòd

Going to a cèilidh? You may want to learn or brush up on these phrases, selected and recorded by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

This vocabulary list teaches you to say where you or someone else is from in Gaelic, how to welcome people, and how to talk about the music that’s being played or songs being sung. And there are some very important incidental phrases thrown in ...Read More