Mòd proves huge draw
HUNDREDS of people packed the various venues for the Oban and District Provincial Mòd on Friday and Saturday.
Performers from across Argyll and the Isles competed in the various categories at venues that included the Corran Halls and Oban High School.
ORGANISERS are celebrating following another successful Oban and District Provincial Mòd last Friday and Saturday.
One of the first contests, the girls’ solo singing for ages 11-12 in the Corran Halls on Friday morning, was won by Laura Robertson of Bun Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, followed by Shauna MacLeod of Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige and, thirdly, by Ealasaid MacLean of Lismore.
One judge, Kathryn Callander, told them: ‘You are a work in progress. You are aiming towards [the national Mòd in] October. You have made a great start.’
The other, Joy Dunlop, added: ‘I was really impressed. Singing is hard and singing in front of people is really tricky.’
The boys’ solo singing competition for ages 11-12 was won by 11-year-old Dunbeg Primary School pupil Andrew McPhail. His delighted mum Catriona said: ‘He put lots of effort into it. He is very passionate about his music and Gaelic. He has done local and national competitions. They take the constructive criticism from the last competition. It is encouraging for them.’
At noon, Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige took top prize with their action song Einnsean, Tractar
agus Bhan. Judge Martin Wilson praised the young performers in all three entries, saying: ‘It was enjoyable and entertaining. It is the effort and enthusiasm that is important, and that is what you gave us.’
Meanwhile, in Oban’s Pipe Band Hall, 14-year-old piper Ross Connor of Campbeltown Grammar took first prizes in both the under-15 March and Strathspey and Reel competitions. Ross, a grade two member of Islay Pipe Band, who won the Duke’s Gold Medal at the last Argyllshire Gathering, said: ‘There were six pipers including me. It was a really close competition. Everybody’s playing was really good.’
There was not much in it between the 15-18-year-olds in the MSR competitions either, according to judge Iain Hurst, but in the end Emma Hill came top in both.
In the choral singing for under-13s, Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar came top, followed by St Columba’s Primary School, Oban, then Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige. Choir judge Kathryn Callander added: ‘We had a lovely unison competition. Everybody singing as one voice, that is what you are striving for.’
Reflecting on the first day, one Mòd organiser Moira Dunlop said: ‘It has been very busy. There have been five- to six-year-olds doing solos, instrumentals, choirs and a very challenging play. The adjudicators have worked hard to keep it moving. I have not seen anyone cry – including the teachers! It has been a happy day.’
Saturday saw the senior competitions at Oban High School, where Shona Keith from Lochgair sang Eilean Gorm Mhuile, finishing an equal second with Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill Jones behind Julie MacFadyen in the senior solo singing.
‘I got through it,’ Shona said, relieved. ‘Mòds are difficult because I do not have the Gaelic but I really enjoy performing.’
Eight ladies competed in the solo singing competition, won by F Ann MacLean of Lismore, followed by Janet H Campbell of Mull in second, and Rena Gertz of Prestonpans in third.
Judge Seonag Anderson appealed for more male singers. She said: ‘If you know of any man, get them up and singing at the Mòd.’
2017 Oban & District Provincial Mòd results
Boys – Solo Singing Own Choice Song 11-12 years Learners: 1. Andrew McPhail 2. Benjamin MacAllister Girls – Solo Singing Own Choice Song 11 – 12 years Fluent: 1. Laura Robertson 2. Shauna MacLeod 3. Ealasaid MacLean Boys & Girls – Solo Own Choice Song 5- 6 years Fluent: 1. Alasdair MacLean Fleming Boys & Girls – Solo Own Choice Song 5- 6 years Learners: 1. Michael MacLean 2. = Evie Fraser, Aisling Flavin Action Song Under 18: 1. BunSgoil Achadh na Creige 2. BunSgoil Chreignis 3. Bun-Sgoil Srath na h-Apainne Choral Singing – Unison – Two Own Choice Songs Under 13 years: 1. Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar 2. St Columba’s Primary School 3. BunSgoil Achadh na Creige Choral Singing – Puirt-a- Beul – Own Choice Under 13 years 1. Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige 2. Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar: 3. St Columba’s Primary School Choral Singing – 2 Part Harmony – 2 Songs Own Choice 13-18 years: Coisir Og Dhail Riata Choral Singing – Puirt-a-Beul – Own Choice 13-18 years: 1. Coisir Og Dhail Riata Boys & Girls – Own Choice Song 7- 8 years Learners: 1. Feorlin Renton 2. James MacRaild 3. Erin Mairi Convery Girls Solo – Own Choice Song 11-12 years Learners: 1. Tilly Cunningham 2. Isabel Potter 3. Isla Berry Boys & Girls – Own Choice Traditional or Unpublished Song Primary: 1. Annie MacNeil 2. Laura Robertson Boys & Girls – Solo Singing – Own Choice 7- 8 years Fluent: 1. Bethan Neil 2. Mia Grant 3. Cailean Jennett Duet Singing – Own Choice Song Under 13: 1. Rosie Day & Iris Bevan 2. Ruth Neville & Lily Walsh = Suzanna Whittle & Sophie Smith 3. Olivia Gage & Islay Berry Folk Group – 2 Gaelic Songs – Own Choice Under 13: 1. BunSgoil Achadh na Creige 2. BunSgoil Chreignis 3. St Columba’s Primary School Prescribed Poetry 7- 8 years Learners: 1. James MacRaild 2. Eliza Moffat 3. Riona Maclnnes Prescribed Poetry 7- 8 years Fluent: 1. Owen Stevenson 2. = Bethan Neil, Rose MacInnes 3. = Marco MacGregor, Mia Grant Prescribed Poetry 11-12 years Learners: 1. Charis Simpson Gaelic Storytelling 7- 8 years: 1. Bethan Neil Gaelic Storytelling 9-10 years: 1. Scott MacA’Phi 2. Rhys Neil Prescribed Poetry 11-12 years: 1. Laura Robertson 2. Ealasaid MacLean 3. Clara MacDonald Prescribed Poetry 5- 6 years Fluent: 1. Alasdair MacLean Fleming Gaelic Conversation 7- 8 years: 1. Rose MacInnes 2. Bethan Neil 3. Owen Stevenson Gaelic Conversation 5- 6 years 1. Dylan Ross 2. Esme McLeod 3. Aisling Flavin Prescribed Poetry 5- 6 Learners: 1. Lola Weir 2. Jaime MacIntyre 3. Seoras Neil Gaelic Conversation with an Adjudicator 11-12 years: 1. Annie MacNeil 2. Marsaili Colthart 3. Eilidh MacFadyen=Laura Robertson Gaelic Storytelling 5- 6 years: 1. Seoras Neil Gaelic Storytelling 11-12 years: 1. Ealasaid MacLean Fiddle – Beginners Under 13 years: 1. Meredith Kiemer Fiddle – Slow Gaelic Air, March, Strathspey and Reel 13-18 years: 1. Iona Keys 2. Alex MacPherson Clarasach – Two contrasting pieces of Gaelic origin Advanced: 1. Meredith Kiemer Accordion – Beginners - Set of three Gaelic waltzes Under 13 years: 1. Alexander MacDonald Accordion – Set of three Gaelic waltzes Under 13 years: 1. Donnie MacCorqoudale Accordion – March, Strathspey and Reel Under 13 years: 1. Donnie MacCorqoudale Accordion – Set of three Gaelic waltzes 13-18 years: 1. Emma MacPhee 2. Isla MacCormick Accordion – March, Strathspey and Reel 13-18 years: 1. Calum MacDonald 2. Isla MacCormick 3. Emma MacPhee Girls – Own Choice Song 9-10 years Learners: 1. Ashley MacDougall 2. Olivia Gage 3. Katie MacLennan Boys – Own Choice Song 9-10 years Fluent: 1. Owen MacRaild 2. Shane O’Rua 3. Arran Stephen = Scott MaA’Phi Girls – Prescribed Song – 9-10 years Fluent: 1. Erinn Higgins 2. Emma MacColl 3. Ceitidh Garvin Boys – Own Choice Song 9-10 years Learners 1. Calan McGuigan Girls – Own Choice Song 13-15 years: 1. Brodie Crawford 2. Eilidh Graham Boys – Own Choice Song 13-15 years: 1. Angus McLean Duet Singing – Own Choice 1618 years: 1. Holly Renton & Brodie Crawford Girls – Prescribed Song 13-15 years: 1. Maria Clark 2. Eilidh Graham 3. Brodie Crawford Boys – Prescribed Song 13-15 years: 1. Angus MacLean 2. Calum Garvin Boys & Girls – Own Choice 16-18 years: 1. Hollie Renton 2. Ross McLeish 3. Jenny MacIntyre Conversation 9-10 years: 1. Ceitidh Garvin 2. Owen MacRaild 3. Erinn Higgins, Finlay Cameron Prescribed Poetry 9-10 years Fluent: 1. Ceitidh Garvin 2. Owen MacRaild 3. Scott MacA’Phi Prescribed Poetry 9-10 years Learners: 1. Abbey MacCorquodale 2. Mya MacCormick 3 Duncan Cameron Group Verse Speaking – Own Choice Primary Schools: 1. Achadh na Creige 1 Prescribed Poetry 13-15 years Fluent: 1. Calum Garvin 2. Niamh Cameron 3. Kelly MacGillivray = Iona Keys Conversation 13-15 years Fluent: 1. Calum Garvin 2. Maria Clark = Rhona MacLeod 3. Calum McLuckie
Gaelic Storytelling 13-15 years fluent: 1. Kelly MacGillivray Chanter Own Choice Under 13 years: 1. Calan McGuigan 2. Roan MacColl Piping - March Under 15 years: 1. Ross Conner 2. Gregor MacDonald 3. Innes Munro Piping – Strathspey and Reel Own Choice Under 15 years: 1. Ross Conner 2. Gregor MacDonald 3. Innes Munro Piping - March – Own Choice 15-18 years: 1. Emma Hill 2. Stuart Campbell 3. Kate MacPherson Piping Strathspey and Reel – Own Choice 15-18 years 1. Emma Hill 2. Kate MacPherson 3. Stuart Campbell Piping – Ground of Piobaireachd Under 18 years: 1.Innes Munro 2. Erin Byers 3. Laura Robertson Piping – Piobaireachd Under 18 years 1. Gregor MacDonald 2. Emma Hill 3. Ross Conner Poster Competition Primary 1-3: 1. Marsaili Colthart 2. Eva McColl 3. Scott Mac aPhi Primary 4-7: 1. Alysse MacDonald 2. Kaiden Fair 3. Esme Carmichael Reading at Sight a Piece of Prose selected by the Adjudicator Fluen: 1. F. Ann MacLean 2. Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones Reading at Sight a Piece of Prose selected by the Adjudicator Learners: 1. Margaret MacDonald Bell Reciting from Memory - Prescribed Piece of Poetry Fluent: 1. F. Ann MacLean Reciting from Memory – Prescribed piece of Poetry Learners: 1. Margaret MacDonald Bell Reciting from Memory – Prescribed piece of Prose Fluent: 1. F. Ann MacLean Gaelic Speech Fluent 1. F. Ann MacLean Solo Singing – Female Voices Own Choice: 1. F. Ann MacLean 2. Janet H. Campbell 3. Rena Gertz Solo Singing of Puirt-a- Beul Own Choice: 1. Shona Keith 2. Donna Dugdale 3. Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones Solo Singing of one of the Prescribed Songs – Confined to Former Winners of Pendant: 1. Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones 2. Rena Gertz 3. F. Ann MacLean Solo Singing of Song written by an Argyll Bard Own Choice: 1. Shona Keith 2. F. Ann MacLean 3. Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones Quartet Singing of an own choice song: 1. Largs Gaelic Choir Quartet Choral Singing Mixed Voices in Four-Part Harmony of Two Songs Own Choice: 1. Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain 2. Coisir Ghaidhlig Loch Abar 3. Coisir Ghaidhlig Thaigh an Uillt Choral Singing Male or Female Voices of Two Songs Own Choice: 1. Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain (Mnathan) 2. Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain (Fir) 3. Coisir Ceann an Tuirc Choral Singing – Puirt a Beul – Mixed Voices in Four- Part Harmony: 1. Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain 2. Coisir Ghaidhlig Loch Abar 3. Coisir Ghaidhlig Thaigh an Uillt Solo Singing of one of Prescribed Songs Male or Female Voices: 1. Julie MacFadyen 2. Shona Keith = Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones Solo Singing of a song chosen by the competitor Male Voices 1. Alasdair MacLean 2. Billy MacKenzie Duet Singing – Own choice song: 1. Linda MacCallum & Colin Fisher 2. Donna Dugdale & Natalie Livingstone Traditional or Unpublished Song Own Choice Male or Female Voices: 1. Donna Dugdale 2. Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones 3. Billy MacKenzie Solo Singing of one of the Prescribed Songs: 1. F. Ann MacLean 2. Julie MacFadyen = Rena Gertz 3. Janet H. Campbell Literature Primary 4: 1. Cailean Jennett 2. Erinn Higgins 3. Rufus Hughes Primary 5: 1. Daniel Grant 2. Ceitidh Garvin Primary 6: 1. Marsaili Colthart 2. Rhys Neil 3. Finlay Cameron Primary 7: 1. Shauna MacLeod 2. Lauren MacLeod 3. Eilidh MacFadyen Donald Morrison Memorial Cup: Ceitidh Garvin Comann nam Parant an Obain (Oral) Laura Robertson Comann nam Parant an Obain ( Poetry) Michael MacLean Etive Trophy Bethan Neil, Annie Lindsay MacLellan Cup: Laura Robertson Silver Pendant (Boys): Angus MacLean Silver Pendant (Girls): Brodie Crawford South Lorn District Council Cup: Coisir Og Dhail Riata Royal Bank of Scotland Trophy: Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige Iseabal Scott Memorial Trophy Shona Keith Silver Pendant (Male): Alasdair MacLean Silver Pendant (Female): Julie MacFadyen Irene MacCowan Medal: Sandaidh NicDhomhnaill Jones Anne M. MacDougall Memorial Salver: Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain Hugh MacPherson Memorial Quaich: Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain Robin Banks Memorial Salver: Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain Comunn Gaidhealach an Obain Cuach: Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain, Inbhir Leacainn Cuach: Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige John MacCorquodale Files Memorial Trophy: Iona Keys George McHardy Trophy: Meredith Kelmer Robert MacLennan Memorial Challenge Shield: Emma Hill Beaton Cup: Ross Conner Beaton Challenge Shield: Emma Hill Beaton Cup (Piobaireachd): Gregor MacDonald Duncan Ferguson Memorial Trophy: Calan McGuigan Comann nam Parant an Obain (Conversation): Calum Garvin Comman nam Parant an Obain (Folk Group): Bun-Sgoil Achadh na Creige Argyll & Bute Council Cup: Feorlin Renton Comann nam Parant an Obain (Literature): Shauna MacLeod
Bun Sgoil Chreignis’s action song, Bratach Bana, described all the cargo carried on a longboat.
Bun Sgoil Achadh na Creige came first in the choral singing under 13 class.
Boys and Girls Solo Singing (5- 6 years) winner Alasdair MacLean Fleming.
Laura Robertson of Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar again took first in the girls’ solo singing competition (11-12 years fluent).
Ard Sgoil an Obain pupil Maria Clark, 14, took gold in the prescribed song 13-15 years.
Left to right, Ceann Loch Gilp pupils Millie Jane Fyfe and Ella Fyfe sang in the solo contests for 7-8 and 5- 6-year- olds respectively.
Campbeltown piper Ross Connor, 15, came first in the March and Strathspey and Reel.
Choral Singing Male or Female Voices – Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain (Mnathan).
Choral Singing Male or Female Voices – Coisir Ceann an Tuirc.
Bun-Sgoil Srath na h-Appainne performed Aig an Taigh for the action song contest.
Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar celebrate winning the choral singing (unison) under-13s.
Third place in the choral singer under13s went to Bun Sgoil Achadh na Creige.
Rockfield pupils, left to right, Bethan Neil, 8, won the solo singing (7-8 years) and the Etive Trophy, while Ceitidh Garvin, 9, took the Donald Morrison Memorial Cup for the highest Gaelic marks.
Tilly Cunningham of Ceann Loch Gilp came first out of 13 competitors in the girls’ solo 11-12 years.
Boys’ solo singing (11-12 years) winner Andrew McPhail, from Dunbeg Primary School.
The Mòd’s nine-year- old Gaelic language champ Ceitidh Garvin of Rockfield was congratulated by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Riona MacInnes of Bun Sgoil Achadh na Creige came third in the well- contested prescribed poetry (7-8 learners) competition.
Choral Singing Mixed Voices – Coisir Ghaidhlig Loch Abar.
Choral Singing Male or Female Voices – Coisir Ghaidhlig an Oban (Fir).
Choral Singing Mixed Voices – Coisir Ghaidhlig an Obain.