Scots Trad-rock band Mànran will headline the free opening ceremony concert on Friday, 11 October, with Scotland’s 33-strong Gaelic Eurovision choir Alba as well as some of Scotland’s top pipers, highland and contemporary dancers, Traditional singers and a beat boxer also performing across the evening.
The Royal National Mod, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, is the biggest Gaelic festival in the world. Taking place in Scotland each year, 2019 marks its return to Glasgow for the first time in almost 30 years.
The opening concert is the first of a number of Mod Fringe performances which make up a jam-packed programme of ceilidhs, concerts, sport and family events running alongside The Mod competition which sees thousands of people from across the world take part in or watch more than 200 competitions in Highland Dancing, literature, drama, Gaelic music and song.
The opening ceremony line-up finds Gaelic singer Catherine Tinney, who was a finalist in this year’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Trad Musician of the Year competition, collaborating with beat boxer Bigg Taj and Step Dancer Sophie Stevenson in a fusion of cultures; pipers Anne Sinclair, John Campbell, John MacLeod and Cameron MacLeod kick off the evening and two dhol and piping performers Goldie and Jonathan Graham will show the crowds how they bring Asian and Scottish music together. Highland Dancers, led by Cara MacKinnon will show audiences their special interpretation of modern highland dancing and Mòd Ghlaschu’s Massed Children’s Choir will treat the crowd to 2 songs, written especially for the Mod.
Other highlights from across the programme will include Gaelic royalty coming together for Glasgow Gold - a concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday 15th October that will showcase some of the biggest names on the Gaelic and traditional music scene.
The first Saturday night of the Mod will also showcase a special performance curated by three young Gaelic speakers who attended Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (the Glasgow Gaelic School) who are working with the Glasgow Schools Orchestra on a night that explores young people’s interpretation of Gaelic language and culture in the world they live in. Entitled Our Language, Our Music…Our Glasgow the concert will take place in City Halls on Saturday 12th October and will showcase the remarkable talent of young people from all walks of life across the city.
There are a huge number of free activities for families across the week. More information on the programme is available here.
Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 Opening Ceremony and Concert takes place at 8.30pm on Friday 11th October in George Square, Glasgow. Entry is free.
For more information on the 2019 Mod Fringe programme visit: modghlaschu2019.com.
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