Mòd hits road to inspire new generation
MORE than 14 schools across Lochaber have accepted an invitation to participate in a project designed to get more youngsters taking part in the Mòd.
The Highland Council, An Comunn Gàidhealach and the Lochaber National Mòd Local Organising Committee (LOC) are working in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal to deliver the Mòd Academy Project in the lead up to the Royal National Mòd in Fort William in October.
The Mòd Academy Project will see experienced Gaelic tutors and teachers give language and musical tuition to pupils. An Comunn officers will also visit schools to raise awareness of the Mòd and how pupils can participate.
Ronald Cameron, chairman of LOC, said: ‘We are delighted The Highland Council, in partnership with An Comunn Gàidhealach, has engaged Fèisean nan Gàidheal to deliver the Mòd Academy Project to 14 schools across the area and prepare pupils for both local Mòds and the Royal National Mòd.
‘The project includes highly experienced and renowned singers and tradition bearers, including Joy Dunlop, Mary Ann Kennedy, Janet Campbell and Sìleas Sinclair. Thanks go to the organisers, tutors and all the head teachers involved with the project.’
John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn, said: ‘We are grateful for the funding support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Highland Council, the Patrons’ Fund and the contributions from the families of the late Charlie MacColl and the late George Smith.’