Mull cel­e­brates 80th Mòd with ‘best one yet’

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By David McPhee dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

The Mòd Ion­adach na Dreòl­luinn (Mull Lo­cal Mòd) is al­ways an im­por­tant one, as it is the last chance for com­peti­tors to get feed­back be­fore the Royal Na­tional Mòd in a few weeks’ time.

How­ever, this year was even more spe­cial – it was the event’s 80th an­niver­sary and it was best one yet, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal coun­cil­lor. This year’s high­light took place on Fri­day, when hun­dreds of pri­mary school pupils gath­ered on the beach at lunch time to per­form as a massed choir.

On Satur­day, rel­a­tives of the first com­mit­tee mem­bers, Morag Fraser, Kay Mor­ri­son and Janette Mor­ri­son, made their way to Aros Hall to hand over tro­phies to the win­ning choirs.

It was de­cided at a com­mit­tee meet­ing in De­cem­ber 16, 1937, that a mòd would be held each year.

More than 100 en­tries were recorded in the first event, which was held on June 14, 1938, in­clud­ing choirs from Bunes­san, Lochdon, Pen­nyghael, Salen, Tober­mory and from Coll.

Fast for­ward 80 years and the Mull mòd has be­come a two-day event, at­tract­ing hun­dreds of com­peti­tors from across the coun­try. The date of the mòd was changed from June to Septem­ber in 1997. This was done be­cause the Royal Na­tional Mòd takes place in Oc­to­ber and the change of date would al­low com­peti­tors to re­ceive con­struc­tive crit­i­cism be­fore the na­tional.

Coun­cil­lor for Oban South and the Isles Mary-Jean Devon said: ‘This was with­out a doubt the best mòd, es­pe­cially the amount of chil­dren. There must have been about 200 kids on that beach. It’s just ter­rific. There was a great at­mos­phere.

‘The thing that’s com­ing through to me is that the com­peti­tors are get­ting younger and the stan­dard of the young peo­ple is un­be­liev­able.

‘We know how to do a mòd.’ Chair­woman of Mòd Ion­adach na Dreòl­luinn (Mull Mòd) com­mit­tee Janet MacDon­ald re­it­er­ated Coun­cil­lor Devon’s sen­ti­ments.

Mrs MacDon­ald said: ‘It went very well. We are re­ally chuffed about it.

‘I am re­ally pleased about the massed choirs on the beach.’

The at­mos­phere of the event ran well into the night, with ceilidhs tak­ing place on both Fri­day and Satur­day, and even on to the CalMac ferry.

Mem­bers of Taynuilt and Aber­feldy Gaelic Choirs cap­ti­vated the lounge aboard the MV Isle of Mull with their singing – they even man­aged to si­lence, and en­gross, a rowdy group of men cel­e­brat­ing a stag do.

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Eva Bisp from Rock­field Pri­mary School did well in the solo 7-8 learners’ com­pe­ti­tion.

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Bethan Neil had a very suc­cess­ful Mod, fin­ish­ing first in her con­ver­sa­tion and re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond in two singing com­pe­ti­tions.

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Mil­lie Bon­ni­well from Rock­field re­ceived a first place badge for her Mull Hymn and flu­ent solo singing.

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Ruaraidh MacLean from Mull Mod Club won his flu­ent recita­tion.

To cel­e­brate the event’s 80-year an­niver­sary, hun­dreds of pupils gath­ered on the beach to sing in har­mony. 17_T37_Mul­lMod06

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