Inverness is most definitely a good place to be at as the nine day festival of language, music, culture and craic which is the National Mod rolls into town this Friday. The choir will be supervising themselves, as our esteemed Musical director Mary Ann Kennedy is currently on the other side of the Atlantic – in Inverness, as it happens!
If you happen to find yourself in our Nova Scotian namesake this Saturday, don’t miss Mary Ann singing with her sister Wilma and cousin Maggie as part of the Celtic Colours festival.
To whet your appetite for the Mod, here are a handful of the events which will be taking place this side of the pond. Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint!
Fri 10th 7pm TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION CROWN SCHOOL – Inverness welcomes the Royal National Mòd with a torchlight procession through Inverness to Eden Court Theatre for the opening ceremony and concert. Pipe bands and street theatre will add to the festival atmosphere.
Fri 10th 8pm BOTHAN INBHIR NIS UPSTAIRS AT HOOTENANNY – TROSG plus guests
Sun 12th 3pm GAELIC SERVICE OLD HIGH CHURCH – An inter-denominational service giving thanks for the Royal National Mod’s visit to Inverness, led by the Rev Norman Maciver.
Sun 12th 8pm CELTIC PRAISE INVERNESS CATHEDRAL – A joyous Sunday celebration of praise in one of the city’s most impressive churches.
Mon 13th 8pm URBAN TEUCHTARS EDEN COURT – with Kathleen Macinnes and Sineag Macintyre; the golden voice of Jenna Cumming, and the dynamic sound of Barluath. A concert not be missed.
Wed 15th 1pm MAC-TALLA COGAIDH INVERNESS TOWN HOUSE -The poems and songs of Rev John Macleod set to music by Erik Spence. Features James Graham, Kirsteen Menzies, Dingwall Gaelic Choir, Lochardil Primary Choir.
Fri 17th 3pm CÈILIDH AT THE LEGION The Islands Ceilidh Band with Murdigan Dòmhnallach and Ewan Morrison
Fri 17th 8pm CÈILIDH AT THE LEGION The Monach Isle Ceilidh Band with Michael Macmillan gets everyone on the dance floor.
Sat 18th 10.30am MASSED CHOIRS Choirs march through the city to Inverness Castle Esplanade. Non- choir members are welcome to join the singing. The Royal National Mòd banner will be handed over to Oban Local Organising Committee as they take over the reins for next year.