Sisters Ruby and Tara win ‘All on their Tod’

Ruby, 15, and 12-year-old Tara Heritage Crabb from North Connel were the overall winners of Mod on Yer Tod.

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When COVID-19 silenced this year’s Mods, young musicians at Oban High School decided to compose an event all of their own.

The school’s String Group came up with The Mod on your Tod and decided it should go ahead on June 16, the day they should have been performing at Iona Abbey.

There were three categories in the competition made up of music, art and creative writing all based on traditional Scottish tunes, said String Group tutor Hazel Clark.

Ten students took part, all in S2 to S4, and a poll was cast for the top three in each category, tallying the votes to decide the overall winner.

‘They really worked hard and produced some highly creative work, serious and light-hearted. We had a fiddler up a tree, an assortment of animals playing mandolin, a one-man video compilation on fiddles and guitar, a Fingal’s  Cave comic, a short story about The Dark Island and plenty more,’ said Hazel.

The outright winners were sisters Ruby, 15, and 12-year-old Tara Heritage Crabb from North Connel who played Calum’s Road on fiddle and clarsach, combined with a painting to depict the well-known story of Calum MacLeod of Raasay, all put together in a video.

‘Prizes were our very own Mod on your Tod trophy and chocolates which we were delighted to be able to get from the Oban Chocolate Factory. It was fun to do but we sincerely hope we won’t be doing it again next year and we can get back to the Mods and performances we love best,’ said Hazel.

Music – 1st Edie Elliott, 2nd Ruby and Tara Heritage Crabb, 3rd Dylan Howe

Art: 1st Ruby and Tara Heritage Crabb, 2nd Billie Spicer-Lambert, 3rd Katie MacLellan

Creative writing: 1st Fiona Cruickshank, 2nd Katie MacLellan, 3rd Eva Bonetti

Overall winners: 1st  Ruby and Tara Heritage Crabb, 2nd  Fiona Cruickshank, 3rd Katie MacLellan