Posted by: liamcassidy | October 8, 2012

Singing at the U.S. Mòd: 2012 Results

Iain Grimaldi sings “Chì Mi Muile nam Beann Mòr” at the U.S. National Mòd in Ligonier, Pa., Sept. 22.

After poetry and storytelling competitions on Friday, Sept. 21, the U.S. National Mòd reconvened Saturday, Sept. 22, for song competitions at the Ligonier Highland Games. Singing is at the core of the Mòd, and the song competitions have expanded to include choirs and groups as well as solo performances in a variety of categories throughout the day.

Competitors who wish to enter the song finals must sing one prescribed song as well as one song in another category, such as a work song or puirt-à-beul to qualify. The prescribed songs were the same as those for the Gold Medal competition at this year’s Royal National Mòd in Scotland — “Gur tu mo bhean chomain” for men and “Ma’s ann ‘gam mhealladh” for women.

Sadie Park of Pennsylvania sings at the U.S. National Mòd.

This year eight competitors entered the solo singing competitions. Còisir Gàidhlig nan Stàitean, the U.S. Gaelic Choir, also performed for a second year, and Waulkers Without Borders gave the tweed a vigorous thumping. In addition to the prescribed song competition, singers could chose a song of their own choice, a work song of any type, and a puirt-à-beul or mouth music set.

Here are the results of Saturday’s song competitions:

Co-fharpais Fhosgarra (competitor’s choice): 1st Place, Iain Grimaldi of New York; 2nd Place, Sadie Park of Pennsylvania; 3rd Place, Mike Moffitt of Florida.

Òran Ainmichte (prescribed song): Na Fir (men) 1st Place, Micheal Mac Aoidh of Virginia; 2nd Place, Liam Ó Caiside of Virginia.  Na Mnàthan (women) 1st, Anne Alexander of Ohio & Erin Park of Pennsylvania (a tie).

Mike Moffitt of Florida sings at the U.S. National Mòd.

Co-fharpais nan Clann (children & youth): 1st Place, Cairistìona Waugh of Ottawa, Canada.

Cairistìona Waugh of Ottawa won the Gold Medal in the Children’s competition.

Òran Obrach (work song — waulking, spinning, rowing, etc.): 1st Place, Liam Ó Caiside and Erin Park; 2nd Place, Micheal Mac Aoidh.

Fiona MacDonald of Ottawa sings at the U.S. Mòd. She won the Gold Medal in 2010.

Puirt-à-Beul (mouth music for dancing): Na Mnàthan (women) — 1st, Anne Alexander; Na Fir (men) — 1st, Iain Grimaldi.

Na Còisearan (choirs): 1st Place, Còisir Gàidhlig nan Stàitean (U.S. National Gaelic Choir).

Na Crìochnaichean (final song, competitor’s choice): Na Mnàthan (women) — 1st, Erin Park; 2nd, Anne Alexander; Na Fir (men) — 1st, Micheal Mac Aoidh; 2nd, Liam Ó Caiside.

From left, Erin Park, Micheal Mac Aoidh, adjudicator Beathag Mhoireasdan, Anne Alexander.

Erin Park and Anne Alexander tied in Gaelic and Music to win the women’s gold medal and the Marietta MacLeod Quaich presented by Donald F. MacDonald, the award for the best female vocalist at the Mòd. This is the first time two competitors have shared one of the top awards at the U.S. National Mòd. The men’s gold medal went to Micheal Mac Aoidh, winner of the Herbert P. MacNeal Memorial Quaich, presented by the Clann MacNeil Society.

Mealaibh ur naidheachd, a h-uile duine! Congratulations everyone on a Mòd well done and songs well sung.

Next: Special Mòd Awards

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