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The Highland Council’s Mairi Mhor Gaelic Song Fellowship launched a new Gaelic song teaching resource at the Royal National Mod in Oban. Entitled “Seinn o ho ro Seinn”, the venture, which has been funded by the Scottish Arts Council, is designed to encourage more people, particularly young people, to sing Gaelic songs. 

At the launch of the new Gaelic song teaching resource at the Royal National Mod in Oban entitled “Seinn o ho ro Seinn” are left to right: 
John Maciver, Convener of the MOD, Fiona Mackenzie, the Mairi Mhor Fellow, Highland Councillor Isabelle Campbell, the council's spokesperson
for Arts and Culture and Katie MacKenzie a pupil attending the MOD from Dingwall Academy

The Mairi Mhor Fellow, Fiona Mackenzie said: “We wanted to find a way of enabling as many people as possible to participate inclusively in Gaelic singing, regardless of their geographical location or lack of tutorial opportunities. 

“Many children, young people and adults, like to participate in Mods and Feisean.  Following our consultations with Highland Schools, tutors, An Comunn Gaidhealach, Feisean nan Gaidheal, and young people we decided to produce a quality CD, comprising many of the most popular Gaelic songs together with the accompanying words and translations.

“Seinn o ho ro Seinn” consists of a 2 CD set presented in a DVD style box, together with a comprehensive book of words and translations.

Fiona added: “We selected 40 of the most popular songs prescribed at National Mods, particularly for junior competitors, although many are suitable for adults too as they include sea songs, lullabies and laments.    Particularly useful to the young Gaelic singers of the future is the fact that the CDs include all the songs prescribed for Mod 2004, in Perth.

Chairman of The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Councillor Andy Anderson, said: “This will encourage many more young people to participate in Gaelic song, as it is an important part of Gaelic and cultural development.  We welcome this new resource as it will assist teachers and tutors to instruct Gaelic song in schools and it can also be utilised as a leisure activity.”

Murdo Morrison, Mod Promotions Manager said: “An Comunn Gaidhealach and the Royal National Mod welcome this new CD and we hope that it will be enjoyed by everyone.”

Complimentary copies of the CD will be issued to all schools in the Highlands and it will also be available commercially in shops and through the Fellow at The Education Offices, Castle St, Dingwall,