aberfeldy gaelic mod
aberfeldy gaelic mod
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The aberfeldy gaelic mod is approaching its hundredth year and it has grown to include more than seventy different competitions and takes place over two aberfeldy gaelic mod days, one for childrenís competitions and the other for adult competitions. It is held in June and is extremely popular for aberfeldy gaelic mod competitors from all around the country who are working towards competing at the Royal National Mod in October.
Competitions at the aberfeldy gaelic mod are not only for singing, but also include clarsach, recitation, poetry, storytelling, Bible readings, recorder ensembles, brass, woodwind and piano, as well as plays and playlets. Singing competitions at the aberfeldy gaelic mod range from solos and duets to quartets, folk groups and choral ensembles. Competitors can be as young as five years old or even younger in some cases, as the age of competitor is based on their age at the time of the National Mod, so they may be turning five between the aberfeldy gaelic mod in June and the royal national mod in October and still be eligible to compete in the aberfeldy gaelic mod. Fluency in Gaelic is not required, and there are competitions for people who have no Gaelic, as well as for learners and for fluent speakers.
Junior choirs have several competitions to choose between, or can compete in several. There are unison competitions as well as harmony competitions at the aberfeldy gaelic mod, and there are different levels depending on the ages of the members of the group. There are puirt-a-beul competitions in both the junior and senior levels, and the senior choirs can enter both the puirt-a-beul as well as the four part mixed harmony choir and the ladiesí or menís choirs. Instrumental competitions usually involve an own choice song, which is to be a melody of a Gaelic song. Some of the competitions, both vocal and instrumental, have a set piece which must be performed at the aberfeldy gaelic mod, occasionally alongside a piece of the competitorís choosing as well.
Intending competitors must ensure that they submit their music before the deadline to the aberfeldy gaelic mod to avoid being penalized during the competitions. Music also must be submitted before the deadline or competitors risk losing several points on their final scores in competitions. All of the information for entering the mod can be found on the website.
Many of the competitors who participate in the aberfeldy gaelic mod are using it as a practice run before the royal national mod. There are several other provincial mods around Scotland between the aberfeldy gaelic mod in June and the royal national mod in October that many people frequent; some of them are very busy and others are much less so. There are local mods in Ardnamurchan, Barra & Vatersay, Dalriada, East Kilbride, Easter Ross, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harris, Inverness, Islay, Lewis, Lochaber, Mull, Oban, Skye, Stirling, Sutherland & Caithness, SW Ross, Uist and Wester Ross. Some of these local mods unfortunately clash with each other so it would not be possible to attend all of them, however many competitors do try to attend as many as possible, and some people attend the aberfeldy gaelic mod simply for spectating and enjoying the competitions.
In the runup to all of these mods, including the aberfeldy gaelic mod, there are usually some ceilidhs or other fundraisers to help with running costs for the mods. There are usually nominal entry fees for competitors, and otherwise much of the income comes from sponsors, many of whom advertise in the mod programs which are available to buy in advance from some committees, as well as on the door on the day of the aberfeldy gaelic mod.