Fantastic day for young musicians
Two young folk bands from Tarbert came first and second in the under-13s folk group competition at the Oban Provincial Mòd on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9.
Members of both groups also came first and second in solo and duet competitions.
Na Smeòraich, four young girls aged eight, nine and 10, won the coveted first place, gaining high music and Gaelic scores. And Ceòl Beag, five youngsters aged six, seven and eight, came second, with the Gaelic adjudicator saying one of their songs was the best in the competition.
Ceòl Beag pianist Bella Derevyankin also came first in the five to six years Gaelic learner solo song competition, with the Gaelic adjudicator impressed by her ‘fault-free Gaelic performance’, while older sister Daria, the Na Smeòraich fiddle player, won the beginners’ fiddle com- petition. Two Na Smeòraich members, Aimee Burnett and Daria Derevyankin, came second in the Gaelic learner vocal duet competition.
Eilidh Graham from Silvercraigs near Lochgilphead won first place in 13-15 years own choice singing Chi Mi Na Morbheanna and third in 13-15 years girls’ solo
singing Mo ghaol air Marcas Latharna.
Eilidh was delighted with the result, as was her tutor Christine Johnston.
Holly and Feorlin Renton from Inveraray gained gold badges in their solo competitions, with Feorlin teaming up with another Inveraray lass, Rosie Blyth, to win their first mod duet competition.
Holly also teamed up with Lochgilphead's Tiegan Holroyd. They were the only duet entry in their category and sang beautifully, receiving an excellent adjudication.
Left to right – Ceòl Beag: Aiden McBride, Calum MacNeill, Annie Jackson-McIntyre, Bella Derevyankin and Noah Dawton.
Rosie Blyth and Feorlin Renton.
Left to right – Na Smeòraich: Siri Dawton, Kaja Paturaj, Daria Derevyankin and Aimee Burnett.