Posted by: liamcassidy | August 19, 2012

Scottish Gold Medal Gaelic Singers Coming to U.S. Mòd

Niall Campbell and Catrìona Watt, 2011 Royal National Mòd Gold Medal winners.

Two Scottish Gaelic singers, Catrìona Watt and Niall Campbell, will be special guests of An Comunn Gaidhealach Ameireaga at this year’s 25th Annual U.S. National Mòd in Ligonier, Pa., Sept. 21-23. Catrìona and Niall won the prestigious Gold Medal awards at last year’s Royal National Mòd in Scotland. This will be the 15th year An Comunn Gaidhealach in Scotland has sent its Gold Medal Mòd singers to the U.S. National Mòd as cultural ambassadors and tradition bearers and we’re delighted to welcome Catrìona and Niall to our 25th annual event.

Catrìona was born in Aberdeen and raised in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, where she learned songs from her grandmother, who lived on Beàrnaraigh Mòr. She won the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2007 and is a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She has performed in Scotland and in Cape Breton, Norway and Ireland and released an album, Cadal Cuain, in 2008. You can listen to some of the songs from Cadal Cuain on her Myspace page.

Niall is a crofter from the Hebridean island of Beinn a’ Bhaoghla or Benbecula, located between the islands of North and South Uist. He comes from a family of musicians, including his father, Calum, a well-known piper and composer. He stopped singing after a family tragedy in 2005 but was encouraged to return to music and the Mòd last year by Paul MacCallum, a friend and former Gold Medalist and U.S. Mòd adjudicator.

Tha sinn uile toilichte gum biodh iad còmhla rinn am bliadhna aig an còigeamh air fhichead Mòd Naiseanta Aimeireagaidh. Bithidh fàilte agus furan a’ feitheamh orra nuair a ruigeadh iad na Stàitean anns an t-Sultain!

We hope you will be able to attend the Mòd to meet Catrìona and Niall and hear them perform at the Ligonier Highland Games Sept. 22.

— Liam Ó Caiside

 

 

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