BBC Alba’s enhanced Mod coverage

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BBC ALBA has announced an enhanced package of live coverage of the capturing the best highlights from the week-long Royal National Mòd.

The Mòd is the Gaelic community’s most prestigious celebration of arts, music, culture and language and as the festival has changed over the years so too has the television coverage since BBC ALBA started broadcasting programmes from the Mòd in 2008, shortly after the channel launched.

Produced by BBC Gàidhlig, BBC ALBA will be broadcasting a programme each night from Monday 12th to Friday 16th October with Cathy showcasing performances from the Children’s Mòd. This year, for the first time ever, there will be live coverage of the two premier solo singing competitions, the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal on Wednesday and the Traditional Gold Medal Final taking place on Thursday.

Wednesday’s programme is a new addition to BBC ALBA’s Mòd coverage. Cathy MacDonald will present a live broadcast from Oban’s Corran Halls introducing the competition for the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal. Providing analysis of the singing will be acclaimed singers and former winners of the competition, Anne Lorne Gillies and Alasdair Whyte. Anne Lorne Gillies (who is celebrating her 70th birthday this year) won the Mòd Gold Medal in Oban at the age of 17 and Alasdair Whyte was awarded the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the Mòd in Dunoon in 2006.

BBC ALBA’s full Mòd coverage includes:

Monday 12th, 10.00 – 11.30pm – A showcase of some of the winners from the first day of the children’s Mod including the winner of the prestigious James C MacPhee medals.

Tuesday 13th, 10.00 – 11.30pm – Young native speakers take to the floor and amongst the talented performers will be the winners of the esteemed Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medals.

Wednesday 14th, 7.30 – 10.00pm – Cathy presents the first live competition for the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal from the Corran Halls with analysis provided by acclaimed singers and former winners of the competition, Anne Lorne Gillies and Alasdair Whyte.

Thursday 15th, 7.30 – 10.00pm – live coverage Traditional Gold Medal competition will see Gaelic broadcaster Morag MacDonald and Skye singer Art Cormack, offering their interpretation of the performances. Also featured on the show will be the main winners from the rural choir competitions held earlier that day.

Friday 16th, 10.00 – 11.30pm – The final programme will provide a round-up of the choral competitions from the last day of the Mòd featuring the winners of the coveted Lovat and Tullibardine Shield, the Mull and Iona Shield and the sought after Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy.

Margaret Mary Murray, Head of BBC Gaelic Services said: “This year’s television coverage of the Mòd hosted by Cathy MacDonald, will provide highlights across the week as well as two special live programmes. For the first time ever, viewers will be able to enjoy both prestigious Gold Medal competitions as they happen, with a new live broadcast on Wednesday from the An Comunn Gaidhealach Gold medal final as well as Thursday evening’s live Traditional Gold medal final. The Royal National Mod is the highlight of the Gaelic events calendar for young and old alike and we are delighted to be able to share it with audiences across the UK on BBC ALBA and the BBC iPlayer and listeners across the globe with Radio nan Gaidheal and bbc.co.uk/alba.”

Radio nan Gàidheal will also be offering complimentary Mòd programming with live coverage of the rural choir competitions on Thursday 15th from 1.30pm when two new choirs will debut in the competition – Còisir Ghàidhlig Bharraigh from Barra and Kantorei Haselau from near Hamburg in Germany. On Friday, live coverage from the Mod starts at 10.00am with the legendary Mire ri Mòir Cèilidh hosted by Morag MacDonald and featuring performances from many of the week’s winners alongside many Gaelic singers from previous Mòds. The radio coverage continues at 1.30pm with Jo MacDonald presenting live coverage of the choral competitions, for the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield and the Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy.

Each programme along with many video highlights from throughout the Mòd 2015 will be available to view at www.bbc.co.uk/alba.