Royal National Mod 2018 – A Mid Argyll round-up

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After eight days of beautiful music, singing and language, the world’s largest Gaelic festival has ended, sending participants home from Dunoon with trophies and smiles of triumph.

Trained and supported by choir conductor Josie Campbell and Gaelic coach Christine Johnston, Mid Argyll was well-represented by a number of singers.

From Inveraray, Feorlin Renton and Rosie Blyth, both aged nine, came in second in their duet singing competition as well as Daria Derevyankin and Aimee Burnett, singing for Tarbert Academy.

Tilly Cunningham, Brodie and Isabelle Crawford of Inveraray, Eilidh Graham from Lochgilphead, Sophie Phillips from Ardrishaig, Evan Robertson and Angus McLean from Kilmartin, all did their schools and towns proud by singing solo in the learners competitions.

Alasdair McLean, coached by Iain MacPherson, represented Lochgilphead well by singing in the open solo competition in St John’s Church.

Shona Keith, from Lochgair, also won two second places in the adults open solo singing with her rendition of Eilean Idhe and Oran do Iain Breac MacLeoid. A proud Shona squealed: ‘I got second!’ before getting to work practising for her next competition where she came equal third singing with Mid Argyll choir Atomaig Piseag.

Islay was well represented in the girls’ competitions by Josie Rountree, Charlet Rose, Dearbhla Newman and Megan McMillan. Ten-year-old Lauren Morris won The Cowal Trophy for her poetry recital and from the boys, Aiden Munro, aged nine, came third in the boys solo singing.

The Royal National Mòd will be back next year on October 11, 2019 and will be held in Glasgow.

PIC:

Atomaig Piseag choir with conductor Raymond Bremner competed in the Ladies Area Choir competition on Friday morning. 17_TMOD43DM03_Friday

Còisir Ghàidhlig Tairbeart Loch Fìn (Tarbert Loch Fyne Gaelic Choir). 17_MOD43DM06_Thursday

Coisir Ceann an Tuirc, from Argyll, competed in the choral singing. 51_MOD42lm6_A307

Shona Keith, from Lochgilphead, won second place in solo singing. 51_MOD42lm2_A271

Alasdair McLean, from Lochgilphead, competed in the solo singing. 51_MOD42lm3_A271

Aiden Munro, aged 9, from Islay came third in the boys solo singing. 51_MOD42lm1_C52

Angus McLean from Lochgilphead competed in the boy’s solo singing. 51_MOD42lm1_C103

Liam Gray, age 10 from Islay came first in the boys solo singing, winning the Dr Archie MacKinnon Memorial Trophy. 51_MOD42lm2_C52

Charlet Rose, 9, from Islay competed in the solo girls singing. 51_MOD42lm3_C51

Tilly Cunningham, from Lochgilphead competed in the girl’s solo singing. 51_MOD42lm3_C102

Eilidh Graham from Lochgilphead, competed in the girl’s solo singing. 51_MOD42lm4_C102

Lauren Morris, 10, from Islay competed in the girls solo singing. 51_MOD42lm5_C51

Isabelle Crawford from Lochgilphead competed in the girl’s solo singing. 51_MOD42lm5_C102

Sophie Phillips from Lochgilphead competed in the girls solo singing. 51_MOD42lm7_C102

Kayla Gowler and Evie Coy competed in the solo girls singing. 51_MOD42lm9_C51

Feorlin Renton from Inveraray and Rosie Blyth, both 9, competed in the girls solo. 51_MOD42lm10_C51

Brodie Crawford from Lochgilphead, competed in the girl’s solo singing. 51_MOD42lm2_C102

Teigan Holyroyd and Holly Renton from Lochgilphead competed in the solo and duet singing together. 51_MOD42lm2_C144

The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir competed in choral singing. 51_MOD42lm1_A307