Barvas Group take gold

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Bun Sgoil Bharbhas in Lewis are winners of the Folk Group Competition for under 13 year olds at Mòd nan Eilean Siar sponsored by The Highland Council and Fujitsu. The Folk Group is an open category of competition for which groups have to sing two songs of their own choice with accompaniments of musical instruments.

Councillor Isabelle Campbell, Vice-Chair of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Committee said: “We are pleased to be collaborating with Fujitsu for the second year in sponsoring this competition. The quality of the musicianship of all the groups who took part was of an extremely high calibre, and I am pleased to say that Bun Sgoil Bharbhas won this exciting and popular competition.

“The young people are a credit to their parents, their schools, their teachers and local communities. Their enthusiasm proves that the hard work and commitment from both the young competitors and their instructors can reap worthy rewards. I believe that they will be fantastic traditional music bearers of the future and wish them every success.”

Congratulating Bun-Sgoil Bharbhas on their achievement Brodie Shepherd, Fujitsu Scotland Director – Public Sector, said: “Fujitsu are very proud to be able to support the Mòd as part of our long standing commitment to Highlands and Islands communities. This is a fantastic celebration of Gaelic culture and the hard work of these talented young people. The the prize enables them to take something back to their schools to further develop their talents which their fellow students can also use.”

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gaidhealach welcomed the partnership support for the competition: “An Comunn Gaidhealach is delighted that The Highland Council and Fujitsu partnership continues to support this competition to encourage youth participation at the 2011 Royal National Mòd.”