THE arrival of the Royal National Mòd to Lochaber will be marked with an evening of live trad music and Gaelic culture at Fort William’s tourist information centre.
Scotland’s Gaelic festival celebrates linguistic and cultural heritage across music, song, dance, drama, sport and literature.
To celebrate, VisitScotland will open their iCentre to guests from 4pm on Monday October 16 for the event, with 11-year-old accordion player Cameron MacIsaac starting proceedings.
More music from local performers will follow, including Gaelic Mòd gold medal singers Ruaridh Cormack, Eilidh Cormack and Emma Macleod.
Marianne Fraser and A’Hooligan, who describe themselves as “a mad-trad ceilidh band from the west coast”,” will also perform.
Later in the evening Gary Innes, Ewen Henderson and Craig Irving, of Mànran will take to the stage.
As well as the fantastic musicians, visitors will also be able to Lochaber’s delicious local produce, including shortbread and whisky.
The Mòd takes place between October 13 and 21 in Lochaber and staff in the Fort William VisitScotland iCentre will be helping answer any queries in relation to the events taking place during the week, as well as providing Gaelic-speaking advisors for the event in the centre itself on 16 October.
Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said:“This event is the perfect opportunity for VisitScotland to help showcase some great traditional music and we are delighted to be supporting this as well as the continual development and promotion of Gaelic, particularly during Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
“At VisitScotland we recognise that the Gaelic language is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage, identity and culture, which makes it vital when we are marketing Scotland to our visitors.”
The event will also be streamed live via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Outdoorcapitaluk
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