The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Great Lakes Mòd Celebrates Gaelic Song

| | Events, Gaelic Song

Mòd nan Lochan Mòra/The Great Lakes Mod kicked off this year’s North American mòd season at Akron, Ohio, in the middle of June.

Participants gathered Friday night for a pot-luck supper followed by sight-reading, storytelling, and poetry competitions adjudicated by Angus MacLeod, winner of the men’s Bonn Òr a’ Chomuinn at the 2014 Royal National Mòd in Scotland. Saturday saw the singing competitions, which included ...Read More

Harper James Ruff to teach at ACGA Fèis

| | ACGA Fèis, Events, National Mòd

Last year, James Ruff won the men’s gold medal for Gaelic song at the U.S. National Mòd. This year, he will return to Ligonier, Pennsylvania, to lead a special harp workshop at the inaugural ACGA Fèis, a one-day program of workshops in Scottish Gaelic culture.

Ruff will lead a workshop Sept. 22 on the role of the clàrsach, the wire-strung harp, in Scottish Gaelic and Irish ...

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Margaret Stewart, Murdo ‘Wasp’ MacDonald to Adjudicate 30th Annual US Gaelic Mòd

| | Events, National Mòd, Organization

Famed Scottish singers Maighread Stiùbhart (Margaret Stewart) and Murchadh Dòmhnallach (Murdo “Wasp” MacDonald) will be adjudicators at the 30th annual U.S. National Mòd, a three-day festival of Scottish Gaelic song, poetry, storytelling and music this Sept. 22-24 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

This is the first time in several years that the Mòd will feature two adjudicators, and An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach is delighted to welcome Margaret and ...Read More

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US Mòd Prescribed Songs for Men and Women

| | Events, National Mòd

Two classic Scottish Gaelic songs — Gillean Ghleann Dail for men and A Fhleasgaich Òig as Ceanalta for women — were chosen as prescribed songs for the Gold Medal competition at the U.S. National Mòd this September. These are both highly popular songs that have been recorded by several artists, including Arthur Cormack, Flora MacNeill and Maggie MacInnes.

The men’s prescribed song, Gillean Ghleann Dàil (“Lads ...

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Baltimore-DC area Gaelic Learning Groups plan June 5 Picnic

| | Advanced, Beginner, Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Intermediate

Two East Coast Gaelic Learning Communities plan to meet up on Sunday, June 4, from 1-5 pm, for a picnic and Gaelic hike at Carderock Recreation Area just outside Washington, D.C.

Gàidhlig Photomac, a group of Gaelic learners in the DC-Northern Virginia-Southern Maryland area, will join with Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir, the Baltimore Gaelic School, for càirdeas, ceòl, cluichean agus coiseachd (fun, music, games ...Read More

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30th US Mòd to Feature First ACGA Fèis

| | Events, National Mòd

This year will be the 30th Anniversary of the U.S. National Mòd or Mòd Naiseanta Aimeireagaidh, an event born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1988, when An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach launched what was then called Mòd Virginia at the Virginia Scottish Games.

The event will take place over four days this year, from the evening of Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24, at Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

We’ve grown ...

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South Uist’s Mary MacMillan joins instructors at Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week

| | Events, Gaelic Week @ GFM

We’re delighted to announce Mary MacMillan, Gaelic teacher and singer from South Uist, will join us this year as an instructor at the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week.

Mary taught at the 2010 Gaelic Week and now she’s coming back by popular demand. This week’s program runs from Sunday, July 2 through Friday, July 7, 2017 at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina. ...Read More
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Report from 29th U.S. National Mòd

| | Events, National Mòd

The US Mòd was held on the last weekend of September, and we welcomed Anne Lorn Gillies, our adjudicator, as well as the Mòd gold medalists, DI Brown and Catriona MacNeil. We had competitions in poetry, storytelling, unison singing, choir, and our biggest competition, the US Gold Medal.

About the choir: a local choir has been established in Ohio, called the Ohio Gaelic Choir, and they ...

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Results from the 29th U.S. National Mòd.

| | Events, National Mòd

Overall results for the 29th US Mòd

Friday, September 23:


1. Cathleen Mackay
(Audit) Liam Cassidy


1. Barbara Lynn Rice
2. Mary Swope

Sight Reading:

1. Liam Cassidy
2. Anne Alexander
3. (Tied), Barbara Lynn Rice and Mary Swope

Saturday, September 24:

Open song category:

1. Sharon McWhorter
2. Carol Kappus
3. Anne Alexander

Prescribed song:


1. James Ruff


1. Anne Alexander
2. (Tied) Cathleen Mackay and Carol Kappus
3. Mary Swope

Work song:

1. Carol Kappus
2. Anne Alexander
3. Cathleen Mackay


1. James Ruff
2. Carol Kappus


1. ...Read More
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ACGA Guth na Gàidheal and Là na Gàidhlig.

| | Events

Là na Gàidhlig is this Thursday, April 21st.

ACGA’s Rèidio Guth nan Gàidheal will be bringing you TWO new programs especially for Là na Gàidhlig…

Michael Mackay brings you a special edition of “An Saoghal Againne”, in which he talks to Là na Gàidhlig organizer, Jamie Wallace about the event, its history and its aims, and he also talks to a number of well-known people in the ...

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