From Stone Ridge USA to Dunoon

James Ruff from Stone Ridge, USA, finished second in the Silver Pendent competition. 17_MOD43_DM04_Wednesday (Short story with this one)

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For some, travelling to the Royal National Mòd is an annual tradition wherever in the country the festival may be, but for others, it is a little more complicated.

James Duff from Stone Ridge, USA, loves attending the Mòd, but due to the 3,143 mile trip, he is unable to attend as often as he would like.

The singer finished second in the Silver Pendent competition at this year’s competition, but this is the first time he has attended since he took part in the Mòd in Oban in 2009.

James said: ‘I loved Oban. I have been back a few times – it’s where it all started.

‘I have been working for a while on the songs, so I wanted to try it again – I have a deeper understanding of them.’

When asked why he decided to learn Gaelic in the first place, he said: ‘I love languages and I like learning them, and I have sung classical.’