Mòd proves huge draw

The Oban Times - - Front Page - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

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.

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