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MOD 21: Gairloch youngster Anndra Cumming brings home the Silver Kilt Pin to the Highlands after competition in Inverness this morning


By Louise Glen

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Anndra Cumming (15) from Gairloch High School winner of the Solo Singing Fluent Boys ages 13-15 - An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Kilt Pin at The Royal National Mòd 2021, in Inverness, Scotland, Tuesday 12.
Anndra Cumming (15) from Gairloch High School winner of the Solo Singing Fluent Boys ages 13-15 - An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Kilt Pin at The Royal National Mòd 2021, in Inverness, Scotland, Tuesday 12.

A GAIRLOCH youngster has won the Silver Kilt pin in the Royal National Mod taking place in Inverness this week.

15-year-old Anndra Cumming won the Solo Singing Fluent Boys ages 13-15 - competition to take the An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Kilt Pin.

The hotly contested competition saw Anndra take the top spot.

The sound of young voices will once again fill the air as the junior competitions get under way at the Royal National Mòd in the capital of the Highlands today.

The girls Silver Pendant and the boys Silver Kilt Pin are happening live in Eden Court Theatre, with youngsters performing a selection of Gaelic material set by an esteemed panel of judges.

The afternoon will see the girls Traditional Silver Pendant and boys Silver Kilt Pin, with 13–15-year-olds singing their own choice of heartfelt Gaelic songs, with competitors from towns across Scotland, from the Isle of Lewis to Mull, travelling to Inverness to take part.

Fringe events today include the Là Spòrs Do Chlann at Cathedral Church of St. Andrew Hall, giving pre-school children the chance to join in with a range of fun activities including Gaelic stories, games and art, Mini Fèis at Inverness Gaelic Primary School, live music at Eden Court’s outdoor venue between 4pm and 6pm and a Family Ceilidh at Fairways, Inverness from 6.30pm.

Tonight’s entertainment, bringing together valued heritage with innovative composition, comes from Lauren MacColl who presents her newly commissioned work, ‘An Ear / East’.

This local fiddler and composer will perform a piece inspired by coastal happenings and stories from around the Moray Firth as part of the celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

She will be joined by Mairearad Green, Anna Massie and Rachel Newton with songs from Arthur Cormack and Emma MacLeod. The concert also features exciting visuals by filmmaker Zoe Paterson MacInnes.

James Graham, chief executive officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “The children's competitions are a very important part of Mòd week. They showcase the young talent that is starting to break through, and give an encouraging insight into the health of the future of Gaelic culture and song.

"We also have a lively programme of fringe events for all the family and are greatly looking forward to welcoming Lauren MacColl to the Empire Theatre stage for the long-awaited debut of ‘East’.”

READ: WATCH: All the results from the first day of competitions at the Royal National Mod 2021 with many Inverness winners - watch the video of all the best moments


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