Opening this year’s Royal National Mod

This year’s Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) will open with a sensational homecoming concert headlined by Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw and Karen Matheson. Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, will return to Oban this autumn for the first time since 2009 and the nine day spectacular will take place from Friday, October 9, until Saturday the 17th.

Last year’s Mòd was one of the most successful in its 123-year history - generating £3.5million for the business community in Inverness.

Organisers aim to have a positive impact on Oban and are setting the tone by kick starting proceedings with a performance by Donald and Karen, who hail from Argyll and formed Capercaillie in the town.

Kirsteen Macdonald and the Oban High School Trad Band complete the bill for the opening concert which will take place in the Corran Halls following a torchlight procession from Station Square to the venue.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, one of the oldest and most respected national Gaelic organisation, The Mòd is the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland.

Thousands of competitors and spectators from throughout Scotland, the UK and from all corners of the globe including USA, Australia and Holland will descend on Oban to take part and watch over 200 competitions in Highland Dancing, Gaelic Music and Song, Sport, Literature and Drama.

The Fringe will run alongside the contests and has a packed programme of concerts, music sessions, poetry, dance and other art forms of every description.

For full event programme and details, visit www.ancomunn.co.uk. Tickets are available now from The Mòd Shop, George Street, Oban.