Fàilte gu duilleag dachaidh Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich.........
Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich, the Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir, was founded in the spring of 1978 to compete at that year's National Mòd in Oban.
It was agreed to be a mixed choir and so a motley band gathered in Salen Hall in April to commence rehearsals for the National Mòd in October. Duncan MacGilp was persuaded to be conductor 'just for that year', because there was no thought of continuing in future years!
At that Oban Mòd, our Choir achieved a commendable third place in the Sheriff MacMaster - Campbell competition. We also won the Selma Shield for the highest marks in Gaelic, a Trophy which has returned to Mull on many occasions since 1978. Needless to say it was agreed at the first Annual General Meeting that our Choir should continue. The choir has gone from strength to strength, more recently under the baton of Elizabeth Jack, who successfully led us for 20 years until her retirement in 2021 after the National Mòd in Inverness.
We are very fortunate to have Donna Dugdale take up the baton and the continuing Gaelic tuition of Janet MacDonald.
Mull Gaelic Choir at the National Mod October 2023
We learnt the new songs for the National Mòd in Perth this year and for the local Mull Mòd. We are also brushing up our large repertoire of songs and taking on a Christmas concert "Cakes & Carols" in 2022. Our Gaelic Tutor Janet MacDonald has been keeping the choir's pronunciation on the right side of Gaelic.
The pandemic has pushed a turnover in members, valued members leaving and new voices joining us. Along with singing at the Mòds, we are also planning to sing at local venues, cruise ship and events. Keep an eye out for updates on our performances!
Our choir are so pleased at taking part in Gaelic Week / #SeachgainNaGàighlig and being awarded a small grant towards a workshop we are holding.
Sileas Sinclair will be taking a workshop with us on 23rd February 2023 and the results of this will be heard when we sing at public events during the coming summer.
Have a look at what other events are taking place during Gaelic Week:
Dachaigh (Home) www.cleachdi.scot/
Seachdain na Gaidhlig (Gaelic week) seachdainnagaidhlig.scot/
The National Mòd 2022 was in Perth and the first to allow competition again after lockdown. This was Donna's first Mòd as our new Musical Director and she did an amazing job. We came third in the Rural Choirs – Mixed – Sheriff MacMaster and third in the Rural Choirs Ladies competition. Carol came second in the Solo Singing Mixed Oban Times Gold Medal. Natalie came second and Janet Campbell third in the Solo Singing Mull & Iona Open Mixed competition. Janet also came third in the Solo Singing Skye & Sutherland Open Mixed competition. Donna came first in the Solo Singing CalMac Competition. Atomic Piseag came first in the Area Choirs - Ladies competition and Còisir Ceann an Tuirc came second in the Choir - Open - Men competition. Thanks to Janet MacDonald's tutoring, we gained the John Lockie Cup for best Gaelic at the Mòd this year.
The National Mòd was held in Inverness in 2021. Rather than choirs competing, showcase presentations were made and our choir sent a delegation to represent Mull. Under the baton of Elizabeth Jack, we sang Air an Tràigh, French, An t-Eilean Muileach (of course!) and O righ nan dul. Individuals, a duet and a quartet from our choir also sang and competed. While coming out of lockdown for the COVID19 pandemic, we had our own Scandi Tartan when we sang for Norse Projects out at Duart Castle. Our first rehearsals together we also held at Duart Castle and we were very relieved to be singing together again after a very long, enforced break in meeting.
With places closed and events cancelled during the pandemic during 2020, we thought that we would put together a virtual rendition of An t-Eilean Muileach to lift everyone's spirits. Many thanks to Alex Dugdale for editing our efforts into a great video.