Published: 17 May 2012
Aberfeldy Mod, Scotland’s greatest regional Gaelic festival, is once again set to descend on the Highland Perthshire town on 8th and 9th June 2012. Organisers of this year’s Mod are now calling on individuals and groups wishing to enter into the wide variety competitions to do so by Monday 21st May.
Now it its 89th year, the Aberfeldy Mod is a celebration in competitions of Gaelic culture and music. Participants range in age from 5 to 95 and come from all over Scotland and beyond to take part. This year, the committee have launch a new website, www.aberfeldymod.com, to help people find out about the event.
Much work has gone on in local schools throughout the region to prepare participants for the events, with the children’s competitions being held on the Friday. As well as traditional competitions such as junior choirs, solo signing and storytelling there other events in areas such as poster design and best radio or video programme. Children can also enter instrumental competitions in piano and clàrsach amongst others, playing their own choice of melody of a Gaelic song.
Saturday sees the adults join the competitions with many events throughout the day. Piping, fiddle, accordion and choir competitions are just some of the events taking place.
Spectators are welcome to attend many of the events. Information on venues can be found by visiting the Mod Office which is open in Aberfeldy Town Hall of Friday and Breadalbane Community Campus on Saturday.
There will also be a cèilidh dinner held on Saturday evening to top the weekend off.
Mod Convener, Mary Stewart said “The Aberfeldy Mod, which is delivered by the Perthshire and Angus branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach, is a fantastic opportunity for people who enjoy taking part in Gaelic events to come together. It’s a real chance to celebrate the rich Gaelic heritage of the area and share the experience with a wide age group of people. It’s also a good opportunity to get a good practice run at the Royal National Mod which will be held in Dunoon in October this year”
The Mod committee are now calling on anyone with an interest in taking part to submit entry forms by Monday 21st May. Information on the Mod, competitions and how to get involved can be found at www.aberfeldymod.com.