The 2012 Mòd Gold Medals have been awarded to singers Calum Macleod (20) with connections to Carloway and Eilidh J Davies (33) from Invergarry.
John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach and father of Calum, said: “I am very happy for Calum. It is an extremely difficult and demanding competition, and to win it is a great achievement. The standard as always was very high and everybody who took part deserves to be congratulated.”
It was a case of third time lucky for Calum and Eilidh who have both previously competed in two Mòd Gold Medal Finals, narrowly missing out on victory.
Calum, who is studying harp at the Royal College of Music in Manchester, said “I have grown up with the Mòd and I don’t think I’ve missed a single one since I was born. My dad wouldn’t let me forget about it if I did.
“To win the Mòd Gold Medal is fantastic and I’m delighted. I haven’t decided yet, but I think this may be my last year of competing, so it is great to go out on such a high.”
For Eilidh Davies this was a “dream come true” and vindicated her decision to carry on competing after missing out on qualifying for the Mòd Gold Medal Final last year. Eilidh said: “When I failed to make the final last year I was really disappointed especially as I had made the final on two previous occasions. I had reached a turning point where I needed to decide whether to stop competing or up my game. I am over the moon that I kept on going.”
Dunoon has been a lucky venue for Eilidh who won the Silver Pendent here in 2000 and she added: “I have always enjoyed coming to Dunoon, and I am delighted that I have been able to win the Gold Medal here.”