Photo © Graham Hood http://grahamhoodphotography.com
At this year’s National Mòd in Dunoon, the U-19 Accordion Competition was won by Eilidh MacFadyen of Caolis, with Ruaridh Morrison, who has strong Tiree connections, a close second.
Eilidh was a student at Tiree High School and is presently in her second year of studying Music and Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye. She now has a Gold to add to the Silver she won in Stornoway last year. She has also shown her ability to teach accordion – at Feis Thiriodh 2011 and 2012.
She would like to return to her roots some time in the future and maybe replace the ‘old codger’ who teaches accordion here at present.
Ruaridh is in 6th year at Oban High School and a really promising player. Both Eilidh and Ruaridh were praised by adjudicator Ian Mair for their ‘pipey’ interpretation of their respective March, Strathspey and Reel sets. We wish them every success in their musical careers.
Tiree once again led the field in the under 19 accordion competition ( March, Strathspey and Reel of own choice) at the National Mod in Stornoway.
Pictured are Ian Smith (right) and Eilidh MacFadyen who won Gold and Silver respectively. Also pictured is Jack MacRobbie who has attended Tiree Feis regularly over the years and scored highly on the day.
All are accomplished musicians who are pupils of Gordon Connell , no stranger to success in tutoring young players. Ian has now commenced study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow , Eilidh is at Sabhal Mor in Skye and Jack attends Lews Castle College in Benbecula – all following further study in music.
Nach iad a rinn math!
Joyce MacInnes (Tiree High School Music Club)
Tiree pupils attend the 2009 Mòd in Oban
21 pupils and 5 members of staff from Tiree High School attended the Royal National Mòd in Oban last week.
Ian Smith and Eilidh MacFadyen started the ball rolling when they competed in the Accordion competition on Saturday. This was a popular spectator event and the venue proved to be too small for all those wanting to get in to hear the competitors. Gordon Connell, the pupils’ tutor said the standard of playing was very high but he was very pleased with Eilidh & Ian’s performances.
Ian came away with a silver medal and although not in the top three, Eilidh gave a very creditable performance. This was her first experience of competing at the Mòd and will be better armed to compete next year.
The rest of the group competed over Monday & Tuesday in Solo singing, Conversation, Poetry recitation, Choral, Action Song and Folk group competition and although none were placed in the top three, the youngsters performed extremely well and did themselves proud.
It was a great experience for them and interesting for them to see how other competitors interpreted the pieces.
Some parents and friends came to Oban to support and this was much appreciated by the young people and the staff. Siusaidh NicNeill, who had been the driving force behind fundraising for the trip, said she was pleased and delighted with the performances and as she leaves Tiree to take up a new teaching post in Plockton she goes with very happy memories of the Oban Mòd.
Tiree adult choir – Oban Mod 199?
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