Mull Mòd booms for 81st year

Dervaig Primary School's song was appropriately called I'm good at singing.

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Mull’s 81st Mòd enjoyed bumper numbers for entries this year, delighting organisers.

More than 1,600 separate entries were signed up for this year’s event, including eight adult choirs.

For the past two years, numbers have topped 1,400 but figures excelled for 2019, said Janet MacDonald.

Choirs from Oban, Taynuilt, Cumbernauld, Lothian, Mull and  Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association had their competition on Saturday .

As ever, the national Mòd being less than a month away in Glasgow made Mull a good practice ground for medal hopefuls.

‘Numbers this year were really quite amazing,’ said Mrs MacDonald.

Tobermory venues over Friday and Saturday included the Main Street’s MacDonald Arms for the first time, stepping in to make up for the loss of MacGochan’s after a devastating fire.

Hardy competitors and supporters also tackled Middle Brae to get to the parish church, the hilly route being acclaimed as Scotland’s steepest street.

‘It’s the quickest way up but not the most comfortable,’ added Mrs Mac Donald.

Participants travelled from all parts of Mull, Oban and Glasgow to join in the Mòd festivities, and Tiree sent a school choir for the first time. Last year the island sent over a few soloists but for 2019 the choir came the conventional way by ferry to Oban, then Oban to Craignure and bus to Tobermory, said choir leader Ishbel Campbell.

Among Mòd winners was Innes MacKay from Dunbeg Primary School who got his third gold in the age nine to 12 learners’ boy own choice song, adding to his wins at Oban and Lochaber Mòds.