music and to make sure everyone knows what, where and when everything is happening. Frlly , Trra and Victor will this year be joined by DCR radio presenter Kerrie
It was just a few weeks ago that Chairman of the Save Castle Toward group Alan Stewart and Derek McIntyre Community Engagement Officer came into the DCR Studio with the latest update and told us they were very hopeful to hear from Scottish Ministers giving their final approval for the purchase to proceed.
Almost exactly one year to the day since the local community group in south Cowal started thier campaign to Save the Castle Toward estate Scottish Ministers have now given the final approval for the purchase to proceed.
The local community group had been expecting the minsters decision on the right to buy for several months now, but due to an appeal being lodged about the higher than expected value placed on the estate by the district valuer the process had stalled.
This appeal has since been dropped allowing the Scottish Minister to make his final decision.
This means the community group can now finally continue on with its overall goal of purchasing the estate and putting it back into use for the wider community. Chairman of the local group Alan Stewart said “This has been a roller coaster of a year for all those involved with the Castle Toward Community Buyout and its great to see all of our hard work has been rewarded. I would especially like to thank the Scottish Minister and his team for the work they have put in to help us make this happen for South Cowal”.
Listen out when Chairman of the Save Castle Toward group Alan Stewart and Derek McIntyre Community Engagement Officer will next visit the DCR Studio with what comes next?
After last year’s spectacular Christmas Lights switch on as part of the PA23BID Dunoon Dazzles it has been announced that this year’s event is to take place on the afternoon of Saturday 29th November.
Details of the Event will shortly be announced but after an incredible PA23BID year of events including the now legendry Sunset Ceremony when the “Bar” for Dunoon Town events was truly lifted when over 1,000 folk and a World Wide Radio audience were dazzled and entertained by amongst others the DCR Revue, Matt Ramsey, Abigail Pryde, Tom Irvine, Reely Jiggered, The Vatersay Boys and who will ever forget Derek McIntryre offering to spa with Gold Medal Winner Charlie Flynn.
As stated in the headline in the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard Keep Saturday November 29th –surely not to be missed
On this sad day we also remember Michael Marra who passed away this day 2012 .
He was of course the singer-songwriter and musician from Dundee, Scotland. Known as the Bard of Dundee, Michael was a solo performer who toured the UK and performed in arts centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. While mainly known as a songwriter, he also worked extensively in theatre, radio and television.
Michaels played one of his last concerts here in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall with the Houseroom Tour celebrating the release of the Houseroom album which he produced and which features The Hazey Janes the popular Indie band which his daughter and son Alice and Matthew are members.
During his visit to Dunoon Michael with band members visited the Dunoon Community Radio Studio to talk live on air to Victor. It was suggested that the time was now right for Michael to introduce himself to a newer younger audience and now he had found the ideal backing band with the Hazey Janes he ought to start looking at some mainstream Festivals such as T-In The Park, Michael quietly laughed, his band were all for showing off their new vocalist and predicted good things for the future.
Michael also spoke about his experience working with the Hazy Janes who he was so tremendously proud of and spoke about the Houseroom the CD they had worked on together which at that time was Dunoon Community Radio’s CD Album of the week.
Alvin Stardust the “pop singer” and stage actor was born Bernard William Jewry and was known to a great many folk of a certain age performing first as Shane Fenton, Alvin’s stage and screen career spans over a half-century
In May 2011 we held an Alvin Stardust Week here at DCR97.4 to celebrate Alvin coming to Dunoon to perform at the Queens Hall and the fact that so many of the presenters are fans.
In the words of the legend himself the “Godfather of British Rock n’ Roll” we all had a GAS so much so that every weekday since at 5pm we have Alvin introduce the station to the listeners
Prior to his Friday night concert at the Queens Hall Alvin came along to Marshalls Furniture Store on Argyll Street to chat live on DCR97.4fm in the now “Legends Window” and to meet and greet fans including some of the cast from Strachurs now legendry charity fund raiser “TUTTI FRUTTI TOUR with the Cowal Rock Chicks not only did he reflect and share with us stories of his fabulous career but he demonstrate in song and guitar playing the influences that have moulded his career.
Our Heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Julie, and children Millie Margaret May, Adam, Sophie and Shaun
As the last of the MÒD visitors including the Dcr team head for home we thank Mary, Fiona, Aline and Frlly for keeping us here in Dunoon up to date.
We will be shortly posting photographs as soon as the chemist has developed the film, they shall be appearing here on the Website in a special Mod Photo Gallery and on our Facebook page
Frlly and Mary will be sharing with Jenifer you and the other listener their experience of the Mod and telling us of their personal highlights and hopefully some gossip.
All the results are now posted on the An Comunn Gàidhealach Website; link below
Including the all the Friday results in full for the
Oran Luaidh -Waulking Song won by Còmhlan Luadh Bhaideanach ,
Choral Area -Lovat and Tullibardine Shield won by Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association
Choral Area- Ladies Esme Smythe Trophy won by Atomaig Piseag
Choral Open Men -Mull and Iona Shield won by Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association
Choral Area- Puirt-a-Beul won by Govan Gaelic Choir
For all the results of this years MÒD click on this link ………
Mòd Dhùn Omhain 2018
It’s was confirmed today by John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach:
that Dunoon will host The Royal National Mòd in 2018
Says John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach:
“I am also delighted to announce we will be returning to Dunoon in 2018. We have fantastic memories of recent Mod’s on the cowal peninsula. It’s a fantastic host town for us and we hope to engage the local community in traditional Gaelic Culture with nine days of competitions and entertaining fringe events.”
Dunoon has a long association with the Mod having been the venue on seven previous occasions between 1930 and 2012. Alasdair McCuish representing the Dunoon Mod Committee said at the announcement by John Macleod President of An Comunn Gaidhealach “We are delighted that the Mod is coming back in 2018. We have staged it four times in the last twenty years and I think we have the hang of it now. He joked that it would be great if major Mod sponsor the Ferry Company CalMac could arrange a new ferry for the town of Dunoon by 2018.
Almost immediately planning will start and continue for the next four years to make a great Successful Mod.
This is another great opportunity for folk to take part in this “The World’s” most prestigious Gaelic Music festival, look out for Mod Committee Meeting in the future and find out how you can volunteer and make a difference in “2018 The Year of the Dunoon Mod” and The Entertaining Fringe Events
Tune in every Thursday evening here on Dunoon Community Radio at 6.00pm when Frlly, Mary and Jenifer introduce “The Mòd Saga Continues –All Things Mòd”.
Following last night’s prestigious men and women’s Traditional Gold Medal’s being clinched by Ruairidh Cormack and Ceitlin LR Smith,
Ruairidh, from Portree in Skye, won the men’s Traditional Gold medal following his sister Eilidh winning the Gold Medal earlier in the day.
The women’s Traditional Gold medal went to Ceitlin LR Smith from Ness. Ceitlin came 3rd in the competition in 2012 and also performed as part of The Mòd fringe this year with her band Gria.
Today we look forward to seeing the best Gaelic choir’s compete to win the Lovat & Tullibardine and Margrat Duncan trophies at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd).
This evening we look forward to the final Calmac concert as part of the Fringe, acclaimed as the biggest in the festival’s 122 year history. Starring Cruinn and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh band, it will be a fitting celebration.
Officially marking the end of The Mòd 2014, a procession of massed choir’s will go through the city tomorrow at 10:30am, culminating at Inverness Castle. In a special handover ceremony, The Royal National Mòd banner will be presented to representatives from the 2015 host town, Oban. Next year’s festival is taking place from 9th – 17th October and will be the 123rd year of the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland.
YOU’VE HEARD THE ADVERTS NOW COME AND TASTE THE BEERS AND LISTEN TO A TOP LINE UP OF ENTERTAINMENT
DCR97.4FM has been broadcasting teaser adverts telling of a BEER FEST to be held at Dunoons “BREWERY” Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October and you must of noticed the poster around the town revealing the line-up of top entertainment that will entertain.
It has been announced that Dunoon band “FRIENDS OF OUR’S” will be opening the event on both Saturday and Sunday who of course will feature tunes from their latest E.P. PRIORITIES
All the artist who are appearing at the festival are DCR favourites including an artist making a return visit to Dunoon Brewery TOM HINGLEY (Sat 3.30pm-4.30pm) known to many as the voice of INSPIRAL CARPETS (1989-2011) is well known for his awesome acoustic performances. As the vocalist in INSPIRAL CARPETS TOM has recently been featured on DCRs LUKES ANYTHING GOES, BUT ONLY IF HE LIKES and VICTORS TLLLVLBS with many tracks from THE BEAST INSIDE which has also featured as ”Featured CD of the week” on the LLLVLBS along with his album ABBA ARE THE ENEMY with his band THE LOVERS. Still in great demand Tom travels the width and breath of the UK and has built up an incredible following for his Acoustic performances
REELY JIGERED (Sat 9.00pm-10.30pm)with DCR presenter FIONA McNEIL are joined on the line up of top entertainment by TEN GALLEN BRATZ (Sun 4.30pm-6.30pm) who supported REELY JIGERED at the incredible Launch of their second Album KALEIDOSCOPE at Glasgows Oran Mor recently .
REELY JIGGERED fresh from their sell out concerts in Islay’s Port Charlotte as part of their KALEIDOSCOPE ISLAND TOUR are sure to have the BREWERY Jumping on Saturday night.
Many listeners will remember the fabulous Headlining Performance of TRAIL WEST(Sun 7.30pm-10.pm) at the recent DIZZY DAYZ concert held in the Argyll Gardens when the boys hailing from the Western Isles treated the crowds with tunes from their debut Album “ONE THAT GOT AWAY”
TRAIL WEST have been busy this week performing at Hootananny in Inverness as part no “Cearcall Ciuil”(Pub Music Trail) for The Royal National Mod Fringe Programme and the DCR Girls in Inverness tell us they too are sure to have the BREWERY Jumping on Sunday night.
A band who certainly made a great impressions recently at KYLES FESTIVAL and FYNE FEST are GROUCHO SESSIONS (Sat 5.30pm-8.oopm) an acoustic blues, folk and country group of young men with some very well known “been around” faces who do really know how to party, some would say they should know better at their………………..
Listen out on Dunoon Community radio as we keep you up to-date with any BeerFest news and listen out for music from the artist appearing and their may be the occasional chats with performers
Abair latha ann an Inbhir Nis an diugh! Gheibhear fiosrachadh mun fheadhainn a fhuair na duaisean air an làrach-lìn againn
What a fantastic day in Inverness today! You’ll find all the results from last Saturday on The Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) website via following link: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/
In the meantime here are the highlights of todays exciting competitions including the Choral and Gold Medal Finals
Photos to follow very soon.
Quartet Competition Senior Open1st Na Boireannaich Eile The Stornoway Gaelic Choir Cup £30 (An Comunn Gaidhealach) The Marshall Stormonth Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in Music 2nd CòrdadhThe Ian Crighton Memorial Trophy for the highest mark in Gaelic 3rd Dealrach
1st Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann - The Largs Trophy £30 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
2nd Iain Blair, Isle of Skye£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
1st Còisir Ghàidhlig an t-Sratha -The Lorn Shield -The Mrs Catherine C MacDonald Silver Baton to the Choir Conductor (Karen MacRae) £100 (An Comunn Gàidhealach) The Captain Angus Stewart Trophy for the highest marks in Music
2nd Còisir Ghàidhlig Mhealbhaich£60 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
3rd Còisir Sgìr a’ BhacHamish Graham (Strath) Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic A300, A305 and A306Sandy Herron Cup for the highest marks in Music A300, A305 and A306 £40 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
1st Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein MhuilichThe Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich=The Selma Shield for the highest marks in Gaelic (Shared with Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle) The Grace Robertson Memorial Baton for conductor of the choir gaining highest marks in Music(Elizabeth Jack) £60 (Royal Mail)
2nd Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle £50 (Royal Mail)
3rd =Bùrach =Còisir Ghàidhlig Thaigh an Uillt £40 (Royal Mail)
The Grace Robertson Memorial Baton to the conductor (John Brozovsky) of the choir (Lairg Gaelic Choir) gaining the highest marks in Music
Choral Rural Open – Ladies
1st Còisir Sgìr a’ BhacGrampian Television Trophy£50 (Royal Mail) Angus MacTavish Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic
2nd Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilean Mhuilich £30 (Royal Mail)Rotary Club of Blairgowrie Trophy for the highest marks in Music
3rd Lochs Gaelic Choir£20 (Royal Mail)
Choral Rural Puirt-a-Beul
1st Lochs Gaelic ChoirAline MacKenzie Memorial TrophyJohn Young Memorial Baton to the conductor (Ronald Murray) £50 Royal Mail Evelyn Huckbody Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Music Calum Robertson Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic
2nd Còisir Sgìr a’ Bhac£30 Royal Mail
3rd Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle£20 Royal Mail
Gold Medal Final Ladies
1st Eilidh NicCarmaig, Port RìghAn Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal The Islander Shield £75 (An Comunn Gàidhealach) The Donald Thomson Prize (£35) An Comunn Gàidhealach Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Music (£25)
2nd =Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
=Ainsley V Hamill, Càrdanros£35 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
4th Isabel NicLeòid, Càrlabhagh£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
Ceitlin LR Smith, Eilean LeòdhaisAn Comunn Gàidhealach Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Music (£20)
Gold Medal Final Men
1st Aonghas MacLeòid, Inbhir NisThe An Comunn Gaidhealach Gold MedalThe Islander Shield The Archie Maclean Memorial Salver for the highest marks in GS224 The Gold Medal Prize in Memory of Innis Macleod, Shawbost £75 (An Comunn Gàidhealach) The Donald Thomson Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Gaelic (£35) The Gilbert MacPhail Prize for the highest aggregate marks in Music (£25)
2nd Domhnall Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu£35 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)The Donald Thomson Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Gaelic (£20) The Gilbert MacPhail Prize for the 2nd highest aggregate marks in Music (£20)
3rd John Howieson, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach£25 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
4th Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann£20 (An Comunn Gàidhealach)
Thursday 16th October,
Highland Dancing, Gold Medal Finals Tradition Gold Medal Final
Friday 17th October
Lovat & Tullibardine , Margrat Duncan, Concert
Saturday 18th October
Massed choirs- Procession through Inverness and congregate at Inverness Castle
THE TRADITIONAL FINAL
Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an t-Seann Nòis a chumail an ath oidhche aig 7.30f ann an Cùirt Eden.
The Traditional Final will take place tomorrow evening at 7.30pm in Eden Court .
The running order is as follows:
1. Kirsty Netta NicFhionghuin, Tobar Mhoire
2. Neil MacRisnidh, Càrlabhagh
3. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
4. Ruairidh MacCarmaig, Port Rìgh
5. Karen Elder, Barraigh
6. Tormod MacLeòid, Càrlabhagh
7. Ellen NicDhòmhnaill, Inbhir Nis
8. Torquil MacLeòid, Steòrnabhagh
9. Kerrie Finlay, A’ Mhanachainn
THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL
Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh am Bonn Òir a chumail madainn a-màireach (Diardaoin) aig 9m ann an Cùirt Eden.
The Gold Medal Final will take place tomorrow morning at 9am in Eden Court.
The running order for the Gold Final is as follows:
1. Ceitlin L R Smith, Eilean Leòdhais
2. Iain Gordon, Inbhir Narann
3. Isabel NicLeòid, Càrlabhagh
4. Dòmhnall-Iain MacIlleDhuinn, Glaschu
5. Eilidh NicCarmaig, Port Rìgh
6. Aonghas MacLeòid, Inbhir Nis
7. Ainsley V Hamill, Càrdanros
8. John Howieson, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach
THE SILVER PENDANT FINAL
Thèid farpais crìochnachaidh an Aigeallan Airgid a chumail a-nochd, ann an Cùirt Eden aig 7.30f.
The Silver Pendant Final will take place this evening at 7.30pm in Eden Court. The running order is as follows:
1. Kirsten Laurie, Ìle
2. Fergus Muir, Ìle
3. Donna Dugdale, Tobar Mhoire
4. Iain Eachann Ros, Inbhir Nis
5. Ellen L Beard, Dùn Èideann
6. Hector Mackechnie, Samharaidh
7. Rena Gertz, Prestonpans
8. Campbell Mackenzie, Steòrnabhagh
Another busy day for our DCR presenters and correspondents in Inverness as Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) continues today when we will see budding writers, artists, song writers and even radio and TV presenters all given the chance to shine. Commonly known as ‘Literature Day’ twenty three awards are to be handed out in a special ceremony to be held in the Eden Court at 12.00pm,climaxing in the presentation of the Gaelic Learner of the Year Award.
The participants of the literature awards submitted their entries a number of weeks ago, but today will see the medalists announced. Talented winners include Catriona Bain from Gress in Lewis who has won ‘writing’ in the 13-15 age category, as well as the Falkirk Tryst Trophy – the award for the overall highest score of the literary entries (full list of winners attached). It has been a successful week for the talented 15 year old who has already won the ‘An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medal’ for girls aged 13-15 and gold in the 13-18 year old Storytelling competition.
Also today the Adult solo singing competitions will also begin, including the Gold Medal Qualifying, the Silver Pendant Final and Traditional Gold Medal qualifying.
The adult solo Gold medal qualifying is one of the most anticipated of the festival.
Ainsley Hamill Silver Pendant winner from last year and the singer in the band Barluath who we saw perform on Monday night as part of The Mòd Fring is entering the competition in the hope of adding another medal to her collection.
AINSLEY HAMILL SINGS FOR DCR97.4FM AT THE DUNOON MÒD 2012
The Traditional Gold medal qualifying and the Silver Pendant Final will also add to the excitement of the day, as the best Gaelic singers from across the country compete. Other competitions today include drama, clarsach, conversation and reading.
Today ‘The Children’s Mòd’ continues as over 1000 boys and girls under 18 compete in 37 competitions at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), taking place in Inverness, as part of the Highland Homecoming celebrations. Young Gaelic speakers at all levels will enter competitions in singing, poetry and storytelling. It will bring the total number of junior competitions to 92, with a 10% increase in the number of competitors from 2013.
For pre-schoolers that aren’t quite ready to compete, ‘Ceilidh Beag A’ Mhòid’ took place this morning at the Inverness Leisure providing entertainment for pre-school toddlers and their parents giving them the chance to get involved in The Mòd.
The event is part of the festival’s fringe and the day’s junior competitors will be able to celebrate at another programmed highlight, the ‘Children’s Gaelic Disco’ to be held this evening 7pm-9pm, at the British Legion.
Amongst other Fringe events today is ‘Music of the Clarsach’ 1pm, at the Inverness Town House featuring world renowned Catriona Mackay Tonight the CalMac evening concert will take place at the Eden Court starring Fèis Ros.
It was announced at the The Royal National Mòd Press Conference this morning that the University of the Highlands and Islands is using The Mòd as a platform to launch its second Gaelic Language Plan today, having been the first higher education institution to produce a plan in 2010. They have set out the university’s strategy for continuing to promote and develop the use of Gaelic through its practices, curriculum and communications until 2018. Proposals include producing more bilingual resources, encouraging staff to learn Gaelic as part of their development plans and holding more Gaelic events (
Continuing the investment in Gaelic-medium education and resources, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has also launched its first ever Gaelic resource for schools. The lifesaving charity has a UK and Republic of Ireland wide Youth Education programme designed to save lives at sea by conveying safety messages to young people in school. It will be the first time there has been a resource in Gaelic, which could prove to be a lifesaving move
Tomorrow Wednesday we look forward to events at the Eden Court including the
Literature Awards, Gold medal Qualifying, Silver Pendant Final,
Drama Finals — Eden Court (One Touch Theatre)
Traditional Gold Medal Qualifying
This was the notice on https://www.facebook.com/RoyalNationalMod Face book Monday morning
Chan eil ri fhaotainn ach 24 tiocaidean airson Cuirm Cal Mac a-nochd ann an taigh-cluich One Touch, feuch gum bi thu luath!
There are only 24 tickets left for the Cal Mac concert in the One Touch tonight, you’ll have to be quick!
The competition is set to heat up today (Monday 13th October) at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival. It is day four of the festival and competitions and performances are set to take place in venues across Inverness, the host city for the festival which is a signature event of the Highland Homecoming celebrations.
DCR’S Mary and Elma have been working hard today as Chairpersons for some of the childrens competition, such a pity that we have no children entered from Dunoon in the Inverness Mòd, let’s hope that maybe with encouragement we may see Dunoon youngsters in future Mòds, todays competitions where for learners. A total of 31 junior events in singing, drama and poetry will take place in Eden Court, Inverness Cathedral and the Netley Centre with 800 competitors performing.
Lawrence is here with his MacBraynes bus and DCR favourite Joy Dunlop and her brother Andrew Dunlop have both been Adjudicating under the watchful eye of Parents Sandy and Moira stalwarts of the Mod and all send their best wishes to all DCR listeners and Mòd supporters .
Sandy and Moira where adjudicating at The Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne Trophy which was won by Coisir Bun-sgol Port Ilein, unfortunately the only entrant but sang two lovely two part harmonys and gained very high mark
The Traditional Calmac concert held tonight, will have audience members out their seats dancing as Urban Teuchtars with Kathleen Macinnes and Sineag Macintyre are joined on the bill by Jenna Cumming and Barluath.
DCR favourite Barluath who’s lead singer Ainsly Hamil (she of the silver hotpants) who made such a good impression when she sang for Victor and Frlly live on air during the last Dunoon Mòd. Ainsley is competing in the Gold \Medal this year
after winning the Silver Pendant last year, We send her our best wishes
The first three days of Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd),Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, have been a huge success as Inverness has officially welcomed the Mòd back to the city for the first time in 17 years.
The festival is a signature event of the Highland Homecoming celebrations and it is an apt return to the Highland Capital.
The festival runs until Saturday 18th October and is expected to bring up to £2.5 million to the local economy as visitors and competitors travel from across Scotland, the UK, Canada, the USA and the United Arab Emirates for the event.
Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday there has been a procession through the city, Fringe events including the opening concert featuring Gaelic
Music stars Skipinnish, an opening address by John Macleod (President of An Comunn Gàidhealach who organise TheMòd) highlighting the positive growth of Gaelic-medium education, particularly in the cities, and raising questions about the Gaelic Language (S) Act of 2005 and whether Gaelic does command “equal respect” to English. The official opening was performed by Alastair Carmichael MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland.
The Mòd began on Friday with the presentation of the coveted Gaelic Ambassador of the Year award, which was presented to BBC presenter Kirsteen MacDonald. Inverness born Kirsteen was presented with her prize by Minister for Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan MSP at an opening reception for the annual celebration of the Gaelic language, music and culture, at the Town House.
On Saturday, 22 children’s competitions took place in Fiddle, Chanter & Bagpipes, Piano, Accordion, Hornpipe and Melodeon. Brothers Sandy and Finlay Cameron of Roybridge both won awards with Sandy (age 17) winning the James R Johnston Memorial Trophy in the Piping Ceòl Mòr competition and being placed 3rd in the Piping Ceòl Beag. Meanwhile, Finlay (age 13), proved it was 3 times a charm for the Cameron family, as he took 1st place in the 13-15 age group Bagpipes Open Competition.
The Mòd Shinty Cup was another highlight on Saturday as home team Inverness took on Boleskine in a fierce Shinty match at Bught Park. The Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP started the match by throwing the ball up to skippers Matthew Ross and Aaron McMaster. In the end Boleskine Camanachd Club triumphed and took home the trophy.
Over the next six days, over 3000 competitors are to compete in another 180 competitions in Highland Dancing, Gaelic Music and Song, Sport, Literature and Drama, for Gaelic speakers of all levels.
The biggest Fringe in the Mòd’s 122 year history will be running alongside the competitions with over 70 events taking place. There will be concerts featuring amongst others Cruinn and DCR favourites Skerryvore and Trail West, street theatre, meet the author events, pub music nights, children’s disco, come & try sessions and a ceilidh.
Says John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, “It’s been a wonderful start to The Mòd and Inverness has already proved itself to be a welcoming host.
COWAL FEST DRAWS TO AN END WITH LEISURELY WALKS VIEWING THE WOODLANDS, RUINS AND A BIKE RIDE WITH A TWISTER
This the last and final day of Cowal Fest 2014 with five leisurely walks and still one Bike Ride
Ruins at Colintraive An easy walk around the Coilintraive area with a knowledgeable guide who will point out the history and also tell you about the areas bird life. An opportunity to visit the ruins of an old Chapel………….
Kilmun Arboretum The Forestry Commission’s, Kilmun Arboretum was first established in the 1930′s as research plots to monitor the success or otherwise of exotic trees from around the world. 162 species have been planted in substantial plots. Walk past and sometimes through groves of majestic Wellingtonia & Coastal Redwoods, towering Western & Eastern Hemlock, awe inspiring Japanese Cryptomeria, the list goes on & on. Your guide has seen & studied many of the species in the wild and hopes to bring a light hearted distraction to this wonderful walk…………..
Benmore Gardens Guided Tour Explore this fascinating woodland garden with an experienced garden guide. This is a regional garden of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh containing collections from Bhutan, Chile, Japan, Tasmania and many other temperate regions of the world……….
Woodland walk – Glenbranter Once part of Harry Lauder’s estate, Glenbranter remains a stunning gorge. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Forestry Commission planted extensively in the 1920s in the glen. The plants were basically abandoned when the interests of the RBGE moved south to the now Benmore Botanic Garden. 34 species of rhododendron still survive and there are now plans to plant areas within the glen with threatened and rare rhododendron species which are of known wild origin. This is a stunning glen.
Meet at the car park at the Forestry Commission office………
Glenkin to Bishops Glen Starting at one glen and finishing in another. A pleasant walk on forestry track with casual gradients. At an approximate height of 240 m there are rewarding panoramic views over the River Clyde and the town of Dunoon. Minibus from Hanover Street car park at 10am to Rumbling Bridge for start of walk…
Glenbranter Twister Bike Ride –Sadly no uplift this time but a lap of the very enjoyable singletrack. A long forest road climb followed by 4 sections of tight, twisty singletrack. Great fun. Maybe a second lap if you can face that climb again!
We are delighted to inform our Mod Listeners of the introduction of a new Royal National Mod App! Our App which has now gone live, This means you don’t need to miss a thing at the Mod! You can now search live events by artist, name or competition. You can find the app via the following link or enter “Royal Mod” on your mobile app store : http://tinyurl.com/q7u4tqx:
Of course we will also keep you up to date on the DCR Website and now that the DCR team of Mary, Aline and Fiona shortly to be joined by Frlly have settled down in Inverness we look forward to receiving reports and results and of course the gossip and the craic. Tonight the ladies are off to The Fiddlers’ Rally at Eden Court Theatre.
Hosted in association with Blazin’ in Beauly and under the musical direction of Bruce Macgregor of Blazin’ Fiddles, the concert will feature over 100 fiddlers, including stars of the fiddle world, plus local groups, adding up to what organisers believe will be the most spectacular fiddle event in Scotland.
COWAL FEST AS WE DRAW CLOSE TO THE END OF THIS YEARS EVENT– IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCE A REAL BACK TO THE OLD DAYS CEILIDH– TRY THIS A CEILIDH IN A SMIDDY
Scottish traditional music in this small and atmospheric venue.
Candlelight and a blazing forge will add to the experience.
Admission £7 (Includes refreshments)
Booking essential direct with the Smiddy on 01369 860256