Mòd Inbhir Nis 2014

Congratulations to the winning choirs, and the hand of friendship to everyone who took part, it was a great celebration and a fine reward for all the hard work put in by the organisers and competitors.

Here are our pieces from the L&T:

Iain Againn Fhìn is based on a fine poem by Donald Meek, in memoriam for his uncle, killed at the battle of Arras in 1917. You can read more of his story on Donald’s blog.

See you all in Oban if not before!

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Meal an naidheachd Aonghas MacLeòid!

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A tale of two Invernesses

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!

CampbellsIf 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.


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.

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Mod Preview

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Blas Celtic Thanksgiving, Sunday 7th

cathedral-450 We will be singing as part of a service of Thanksgiving this Sunday at St. Andrews Cathedral, Inverness.

Also performing are Trosg and Ceitidh Smith

The service begins at 17:30 and is being recorded for broadcast on BBC Alba.

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Aiseag on Air

soundcheck_GlasgowAt the close of a fantastic weekend, we’d like to thank everybody who attended the performances of Aiseag, particularly our choral colleagues who joined us for a slightly damp but enthusiastic massed choir on the steps of the concert hall before the (delayed) final sailing. Mòran Taing!

The crew of Aiseag have accumulated an impressive tally of miles by air, land and sea, and we are grateful to the agencies who have assisted the project – including the Inverness Common Good Fund, and the Celebrate 2014 program. Thanks also to the individuals who supported our fund-raising cèilidhs.

The Glasgow performance of ‘Aiseag’ will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 22:00 on 9 August 2014 along with the other New Music Biennial commissions.

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Inverness – Glasgow Relay

Exciting times next weekend, we are bound for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – no spandex required, we will be singing at the Concert Hall as a reprise of the new music biennial premiered in London.

Before that, we will be performing in ‘Aiseag’ at Eden Court, with enough time to hear some extra material from each of the individual artists involved.

As well as an acapella performance from the choir, there will be some dancing tunes from Scott MacMillan, Colin Grant and Angus MacKenzie who all hail from Nova Scotia.

Here is a wee set from Colin and Scott at Celtic Connections 2014:

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Aiseag Gallery

Some pictures from the Aiseag adventures so far – Black and White images by Seán Purser

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Aiseag – Skye, Glasgow, London and Inverness


On Thursday July 3rd, Aiseag sets sail from the beautiful setting of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat.

A PRS Foundation New Music Biennial commission, Aiseag is inspired by the network of small ferries that ply the west coast of Scotland and Nova Scotia. It brings together the voices of Inverness Gaelic choir, the strings of the Scottish Festival Orchestra, and melds them with the sounds of traditional musicians, electronic and real-world sound.

Co-created by Mary Ann Kennedy, Scott Macmillan, Aonghas MacNeacail and Nick Turner, the piece brings together more than 50 musicians!

After its premiere in Skye Aiseag will move to the South Bank Centre in London before heading to Glasgow Concert Hall as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program.

There will be a performance at Eden Court on August 1st.

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Northern Roots


Lots of great music and doubtless great craic to be had at the Northern Roots Festival, at various venues from Wed 28 May – Sun 1 June.

We are delighted to be part of the Saturday night Highland Sessions at Eden Court, featuring collaborations between three amazing singer-songwriters, and a almighty backing band of Anna Massie, Angus Lyon, Rua MacMillan, Mike Vass and some rising stars from Feis Rois.

The three singers are:

Aoife O’Donovan:

Adam Holmes:

Rachel Sermanni:

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