Gaelic Mod

Gaelic Mod

August
Held in August at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Ann's, Nova Scotia, the Gaelic Mod is patterned after a similar event observed in Scotland every October. A mod is a competition that involves Gaelic singing, highland dancing, bagpipe playing, and athletic skills—not unlike the Welsh Eisteddfod, although the latter is primarily a music and literary event. The Canadian Gaelic Mod includes visits by Scottish clan chiefs and performances by bagpipe bands and highland dance groups. The first mod was held in 1939 when the Gaelic College was founded. Its students and teachers perform all over the world.
CONTACTS:
Gaelic College
P.O. Box 80
Englishtown, NS B0C 1H0 Canada
902-295-3411; fax: 902-295-2912
www.gaeliccollege.edu
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 46
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 67
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