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MOD 2021: After a 'joyous opening weekend' in the Highland capital, the Royal National Mòd will focus on youth, with online song sessions for all ages


By Louise Glen

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Picture shows Choir from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, the Highland’s first designated purpose-built all Gaelic school. performing on stage at the special Our Language, Our Music concert will feature an all-star line-up of guest musicians. Notable fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Mairearad Green, Isle of Lewis piper and flautist James Duncan Mackenzie and the amazing Cànan’s Ar Cèol House Band will get toes tapping at the Empire Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm. There will also be a host of up and coming musical talent as young Gaelic musicians will take to the sfor the first time.
Picture shows Choir from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, the Highland’s first designated purpose-built all Gaelic school. performing on stage at the special Our Language, Our Music concert will feature an all-star line-up of guest musicians. Notable fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Mairearad Green, Isle of Lewis piper and flautist James Duncan Mackenzie and the amazing Cànan’s Ar Cèol House Band will get toes tapping at the Empire Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm. There will also be a host of up and coming musical talent as young Gaelic musicians will take to the sfor the first time.

After a jam-packed opening weekend, The Royal National Mòd 2021 returns today with a rich programme of celebratory cultural events taking place across the city of Inverness, and online.

Today will see competitions return to the festival with youngsters competing at Eden Court, this afternoon.

Earlier today the Mòd Mini Fèis at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, for Gaelic primary children, offered the chance to take part in music, crafts and games sessions with professional Gaelic tutors.

Our Language, Our Music concert will featuring an all-star line-up of guest musicians, the Choir from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, the Highland’s first designated purpose-built all Gaelic school, Astar and notable fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Mairearad Green, Isle of Lewis piper and flautist James Duncan Mackenzie and the amazing Cànan’s Ar Cèol House Band will get toes tapping at the Empire Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm. There will also be a host of up and coming musical talent as young Gaelic musicians will take to the sfor the first time.
Our Language, Our Music concert will featuring an all-star line-up of guest musicians, the Choir from Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis, the Highland’s first designated purpose-built all Gaelic school, Astar and notable fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Mairearad Green, Isle of Lewis piper and flautist James Duncan Mackenzie and the amazing Cànan’s Ar Cèol House Band will get toes tapping at the Empire Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm. There will also be a host of up and coming musical talent as young Gaelic musicians will take to the sfor the first time.

Wee ones are catered for as well, with TV presenter Linda Macleod taking her Leugh is Seinn le Linda sessions online for children up to the age of five.

There is a focus on youth events across the Mòd, with some children’s competitions taking place at Eden Court from 2pm.

A selection of highlights from these will be broadcast online on Facebook from 7pm, for those who are keen to spot the stars of tomorrow.

It’s not just the youngsters having all the fun - North Uist singer Janice Simpson leads a Gaelic singing session online from 7:30pm, suitable for all ages and levels of Gaelic ability.

Online learning has become incredibly popular for Gaelic beginners due to the success of the Gaelic programme on language learning app, Duolingo. Tonight’s workshop will offer an opportunity for learners to meet one another and improve their pronunciation under the skilled tutelage of one of Gaeldom’s finest singers.

Other online events taking place today include a special online literature event with Ruairidh Maclean. Drawing on his recently published book, A Watery View: Place Names of Inverness and Surrounding Area, Ruairidh will take online audiences from the shores of Loch Ness to the bogs of Monadh Mor, in what promises to be an enlightening talk.

Inverness celebrate after winnning the Women's Mod Shinty Cup on penalties at Bught Park Inverness - The Royal National Mòd 2021 in Inverness, Scotland, 9/10/21
Inverness celebrate after winnning the Women's Mod Shinty Cup on penalties at Bught Park Inverness - The Royal National Mòd 2021 in Inverness, Scotland, 9/10/21

As always, in addition to the online events, there will be live music at Eden Court’s outdoor venue, today from 4pm - 6pm, programmed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

James Graham, chief executive officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “After a busy weekend, we’re excited to keep the momentum going with today’s youth events. Young Gaelic speakers hold an incredibly significant role in the future of our community, and today shines a light on their abilities and achievements, with a range of events to support, encourage and champion them. We have already had an action-packed few days so far and there are a whole host of wonderful events yet to come this week that we look forward to welcoming audiences to.”

Shona MacLennan, ceannard, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: “The Royal National Mòd provides an exciting and attractive range of events for all age groups. Its focus on young people is invaluable in encouraging youngsters to engage with Gaelic and have opportunities to use it in a fun environment. Gaelic learners, of all ages, are vital to the growth of the language and we congratulate An Comunn Gàidhealach for their work.”

Presenter Ellen MacDonald opens The Royal National Mòd 2021 in Inverness
Presenter Ellen MacDonald opens The Royal National Mòd 2021 in Inverness

The Royal National Mòd 2021 is taking place from today until Saturday October 16 2021 at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Using a hybrid approach, there are a combination of in-person concerts and competitions, as well as a dynamic schedule of online performances being broadcast throughout the week.

The full programme for this year’s Royal National Mòd can be viewed at www.ancomunn.co.uk. Tickets are available to buy from Eden Court box office www.eden-court.co.uk.

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