Posted by: liamcassidy | June 24, 2010

U.S. Mòd Welcomes Scotland’s McCallum, MacIntyre, MacIver

Three gold medal winning Scottish Gaelic singers from the Western Isles and Scottish Highlands will attend the 23rd U.S. National Mòd Sept. 10-12.

ACGA will welcome Sìneag MacIntyre and Steven MacIver, gold medal winners at Scotland’s 2009 Royal National Mòd in Oban, to the U.S. Mòd in Ligonier.

Sìneag Macintyre and Steven MacIver at the U.S. National Mòd.

The male and female gold medal winners at Scotland’s Royal National Mòd have been special guests at the U.S. event, thanks to the generosity of An Comunn Gàidhealach, which organizes the Mòd in Scotland.

We’re delighted to welcome back adjudicator Paul McCallum, also a gold medal and traditional medal winner. This will be Paul’s third trip to the U.S. National Mòd.

Paul McCallum with Emily and Eri McEwan-Fujita of Pittsburgh at the 2008 U.S. National Mòd.

This year’s Mòd will be a fantastic opportunity to meet with these singers and to benefit from Paul’s deep knowledge of Gaelic song and skill as an adjudicator.

benefit from Paul’s deep knowledge of Gaelic song and skill as an adjudicator.

Both Paul and Sìneag are from the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Paul from North Glendale and Sìneag from Kilpheder.

Steven is from Naast, a village alongside Loch Ewe on Scotland’s West Coast.

Paul first came to the U.S. National Mòd as poetry adjudicator in 2003 and returned to adjudicate the poetry, storytelling and song competitions in 2008.

An internationally renowned singer, Paul can be heard three albums, including his solo album “Taigh a’ Bhàird.” When he’s not traveling the world on behalf of the Gaelic language and song, he lives and works on his croft, “Taigh a’ Ghlinne.”

Sìneag has been singing since the age of five and released an album while in her sixth year at Sgoil Lionacleit called “Laithean Sgoile.” She is an honors graduate in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance.

In 2006, Sìneag won the Traditional Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd and in 2009 she won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal. She was nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards last year.

Steven began singing solo at when he was 12 years old. “My music teacher made me sing at our local Mòd, which I won. That spurred me on to take part in our national

Mòd,” he says. He studied Gaelic in high school and then attended Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye, graduating with a degree in media.

He now works for Scottish Television in Glasgow, helping to create programming for BBC Alba, Scotland’s Gaelic-language television channel.

Download the rules and registration forms for the 2010 U.S. National Mòd here.


  1. Sorry, but the above photographs are not of Sineag Macintyre and Stephen MacIver.

  2. Mo chreach! You were right. I didn’t know that until I’d met them though … I removed the original photographs and added one of Sìneag and Steven at the U.S. National Mòd in Ligonier. Tapadh leibh.

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