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

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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

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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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30th US Mòd to Feature First ACGA Fèis

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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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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Report from 29th U.S. National Mòd

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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.

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Overall results for the 29th US Mòd

Friday, September 23:

Storytelling:

1. Cathleen Mackay
(Audit) Liam Cassidy

Poetry:

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:

Men

1. James Ruff

Women

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

Work song:

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

Puirt:

1. James Ruff
2. Carol Kappus

Choir:

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Mòd 2015 – Mòr, math, misneachail!

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Our 2015 Mòd is now over, and, as our title says, it was big, good, and encouraging! We had as many competitors over the course of two days as we’ve ever had (Mòr), the competitions were at an excellent level of skill (Math), and our adjudicator, Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, left all of us with advice, encouragement, and a renewed dedication to the language and song of ...

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The Mòd is coming!

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The 28th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 26, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time ...

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“One of the best ever” – The US National Mòd for 2014

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The 27th US National Mòd was held in the beautiful hills of western Pennsylvania, with new faces as well as friends that have come back year after year.

Our adjudicator this year: Lewis (Lodaidh) MacKinnon, who brought his own unique approach and some new ideas to the role. The result? Competitors and spectators alike expressed enthusiasm for his supportive and educational perspective.

We welcomed again the Royal ...

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The 2014 U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

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The Mòd is coming!

The 27th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 19, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. ...

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U.S. National Mòd Is Coming!

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The Mòd is coming!

The 26th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 21, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. ...

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