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Lothian Gaelic Choir came out on top in the coveted Lovat and Tullibardine Shield at this year’s Royal National Mòd .
However, it was Oban Gaelic Choir’s ‘marmite’ rendition of an electronic Celtic band that has been making headlines.
Oban finished second in the competition for the second year running, after winning it in 2015, but people are loving their take on Niteworks’ Maraiche – it has been viewed more than 44,000 times on social media.
Oban’s conductor Sileas Sinclair said: ‘We knew we were going to do that song so we were all excited about trying something new.
‘It’s a very modern arrangement on a young band, Niteworks’ Maraiche. I just love the song.
‘They do clubbing music. I did a choral arrangement of that, but because we have no instruments I had to come up with a way of mimicking drums and symbols, so we did some stomping and clapping. That was very different for us this year.’
And Niteworks approved. The band posted: ‘It’s not everyday a Mòd choir covers one of your recordings, but not only that, completely knocks it out the park! Well done to all at Oban Gaelic Choir. Certainly put a smile on our faces.’
The Oban Ladies Gaelic Choir also had a successful Mòd. They cleaned up in the morning, winning the Esme Smyth Trophy, as well as the Donald U Johnston and Angus Johnston trophies for the highest marks in music and Gaelic.
Sileas said: ‘It’s fantastic. I am so pleased for them. They worked really hard – the men also got third; they did really well. They all worked really hard.
‘I think we have been continually improving and when we won it [The Lovat and Tullibardine Shield] in 2015, it gave them extra confidence. It’s a combination of people working hard and continuing to work hard, and some new members.’
Oban’s success didn’t end there. Former Obanite, Julie-Ann MacFadyen was part of Lothian’s winning choir.
Speaking in between celebrations, she joked: ‘It’s not bad for a girl from Dalintart Drive.’
She then added: ‘It feels fantastic. John MacLeod was our Gaelic tutor until he passed away in June. It’s a wonderful tribute to him.’