Read the full story in The Oban Times,October 16,2014. Also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
The conductor of Oban Gaelic Choir says the enthusiasm of non-Gaelic speaking members to learn the language is behind their improved performances of late.
And it has also given Sileas Sinclair the belief that her choir can lift the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield,the climax to the choral competitions today (Friday October 17).
Sileas took on the baton in 2003 and has steadily overseen improved results,culminating in a fourth place finish in the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield last year.
The 38-year-old musician,a Gaelic learner herself,said:‘I think our big aim over the past few years has been to improve our Gaelic because we don’t have as many fluent speakers as many of the other choirs.
‘The members are really interested in the language and that has made the difference.
‘We have attended weekly Gaelic conversation classes for the past few months.’
In this year’s Lovat and Tullibardine Oban will perform the set piece,Cabar Fèidh,and an own choice song of unrequited love,Gur tu mo dhean chomain.
Sileas will also be looking forward to the choir’s puirt-a-beul competition when they perform a set piece that she arranged.
Read all about the winners and participants of the adult competitions in this year’s Royal National Mod in The Oban Times,October 23 2014,where there will be four pages of photos and reports plus a results page. Also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
The organising committee,chaired by Oban Times columnist Allan Campbell,has done itself proud with a great venue at the Eden Court Theatre and a community which is celebrating the traditions of the culture and heritage of the Gaeltach.
This is the biggest Mòd ever,and the whole of the country is represented,and beyond.
The Oban Times has five pages of photos and reports from the Royal National Mòd in the edition of October 16 2014,which is also available as a digital edition at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital
Allan MacGillivray,71,bought the Acharacle Community Store 29 years ago but when he passed it on to his daughter Wendy Burgess and her husband David in 2010,rather then take it easy,he promised he would build a new shop to replace the 50-year-old crumbling building,which serves the whole peninsula.
Read the full story in The Oban Times, October 16 2014 –also available online at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital