The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Rachel Walker coming to Ligonier Mòd in September

| | Events, Gaelic Song, National Mòd

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

Still time to support ‘Anna Ruadh’

| | Gaelic Education, Learn Gaelic

 

The clock is ticking on the Kickstarter campaign supporting Anna Ruadh, a translation of Anne of Green Gables into Scottish Gaelic. Supporters have until midnight June 30 (Maritime time) to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign (click here).

As a stretch goal incentive, if the campaign raises CA$2,000 more than the original CA$15,000 goal, the cover illustrator will create original pen-and-ink chapter heading illustrations for the book.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

YouTube nan Gaidheal #1: Can Seo

| | Beginner, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Resources

Since its launch in February 2005, YouTube has changed the way a generation consumes video content, and now it offers new ways to learn languages, including Scottish Gaelic.

There’s a vast and growing amount of material about Scottish Gaelic and in Gàidhlig available on YouTube, which is big enough now to challenge more traditional television, cable and streaming content for viewer’s interest. That material isn’t collated ...

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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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Glasgow Gaelic School Keeps Growing

| | Children, Gaelic Education

Critics of Gaelic-medium education often decry it as serving “the middle class,” but the headteacher of Glasgow Gaelic School/Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu says that’s not true.

In a recent article in Scotland’s The Herald newspaper, Donalda McComb, said 15 percent of the Gaelic-medium school’s pupils come from neighborhoods classed as the poorest in Scotland, though 17 percent come from wealthy neighborhoods.

“Some 19 per cent of our school ...

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Òran Bagraidh: Reimagining a song and a language

| | Gaelic Education, Gaelic Song

It’s well-known, or should be, that Scottish Gaelic was once spoken well beyond the Hebrides and Highlands, as far south as the Scottish borders during the Middle Ages. That’s been obscured by history and historical myth-making that sought to de-emphasize the role of the Gaels in Scotland (how many times have researchers heard “Gaelic was never spoken here” from people in parts of Scotland pocked ...

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Help Wanted at An Naidheachd Againne newsletter

| | ACGA Newsletters, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Resources

One of the benefits of membership in ACGA is our quarterly bilingual e-zine, An Naidheachd Againne. It is often the only connection that geographically isolated members have with ACGA and Scottish Gaelic. We hope that you enjoy reading it as much as the editorial team enjoys putting it together for you.

If An Naidheachd Againne is something that you consider worthwhile, we wonder if you ...Read More
The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Top Gaelic teachers, Musicians coming to Fèis Seattle 2019

| | Events

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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Young Scot group promotes Gaelic

| | Children, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Resources, Organization

Youth organization and charity Young Scot wants to interest more young people in learning and using Scottish Gaelic. The group launched a national campaign last month that will provide a variety of services, resources and information online in Gaelic on topics from managing money to puberty.

“We know developing language skills is a great way to strengthen career prospects available to Scotland’s young people,” Ruairidh Hamilton, ...Read More

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.

Mòd Ligonier, ...Read More