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Mòd Phàislig announces charity partner

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Mòd Phàislig announces charity partner

The local organising committee for the visit of the Royal National Mòd to Paisley later this year has announced Accord Hospice as its official charity partner.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage.

The nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature, which takes place from Friday 11th until Saturday 19th October, is set to attract thousands of participants and visitors.

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Ken Mathie from Accord Hospice said: “Being a well-known local organisation which over the years has touched the lives of thousands of people from our community, ACCORD is very proud and honoured to be associated with the Paisley Mòd.

“We look forward to having a presence at every performance and wish everyone involved with the Mòd every success.”

In addition to having collectors at all the venues throughout the period of the Mòd, there will be the traditional Grand Prize draw.

All money raised will be used to assist with the hosting of Mòd Phàislig with the remainder going direct to Accord Hospice.

The first prize of the draw is £1,000 cash, with many other prizes still to be announced. The draw will be made on Friday 18 October.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Mòd Phàislig 2013 Convener said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Accord Hospice, our official charity partner.

“They do a considerable service for Renfrewshire and we hope the visit of the Mòd can contribute to that.

“Our exciting prize draw has a number of great prizes, and a top prize of £1,000. We hope people will support the Mòd’s visit by buying a ticket, and at the same time know they are supporting one of Paisley’s most treasured organisations.”

Tickets are £1 each, £10 per book, and are available from modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk or 07535514385.

Running alongside the Mòd and the Mòd Fringe will be The Spree Festival (10 to 20 October), which is returning after a successful debut in 2012.

The Spree will see 10 days of music, comedy and literary events and a full children’s programme will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square, and Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year.

Headline acts include Edwyn Collins, Capercaille, Donnie Munro, Rachel Sermanni and a unique collaboration between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the RSNO. Top comics Craig Hill and Fred McAulay will provide the laughs. Tickets are available from www.thespree.co.uk

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Mod Phàislig 2013 and Voices In Paisley Weave Their Musical Threads

Winning Largs Choir with conductor Elspeth Howie.  On Right - William Kelly_ Director of Voices in Paisley

Five Gaelic Choirs battled it out last Saturday for the Provost Celia Lawson Gaelic Cup as part of the Weaving Musical Threads festival.

The winning choir was Largs Gaelic Choir. The other four choirs that took part in this year’s event were; Govan Gaelic Choir, Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir and Largs Gaelic Choir.

Presenting the cup to the Largs Choir was Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson, who said: “This has been a fantastic night and I really enjoyed hearing the choirs perform. Tonight has given us all a taster of what Renfrewshire can look forward to when we host the Royal National Mòd in 2013.”

In addition to the Gaelic Cup, another winner on the night was for the Mòd Phàislig 2013 Tune Competition to compose ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mod 2013’ tune celebrating the historic visit of the renowned Gaelic festival to the town in 2013.

Grant McFarlane, from Paisley, who composed the winning tune, fought off stiff competition from 36 other entries and will have the honour of his tune being the soundtrack to the Mòd Phàislig celebrations.

Judging the competition down to the final two tunes was the responsibility of three stalwarts of traditional music, Duncan Nicholson, Pipe Major of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Brian Laurie of the Brian Laurie Accordion Music School and Andrew Gifford of the renowned band Fiddlers Bid.

Andrew and Duncan then performed the two final tunes for the packed audience to have the final vote to pick the winning tune.

Ealasaid MacDonald, chair of Mòd Phàislig 2013, said: “We were delighted with the number and standard of entries for the tune competition. The winning tune will provide a fantastic soundtrack to the preparations for the Mòd, and will be a lasting legacy.”

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Paisley wishes Western Isles well for the Mod 2011

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Paisley wishes Western Isles well for the Mòd 2011

Representatives from Renfrewshire Council and Meur Phàislig have been in Stornoway this week for the Royal National Mòd 2011.

The team have made the trip to the Western Isles to wish this year’s organisers and competitors well and also to give visitors a preview of what they can expect when Paisley hosts the Mòd in 2013.

Paisley MOD 2013Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “We wish the organisers and all of the competitors well in this year’s Mòd and congratulate them on delivering what is sure to be a successful event.

“The Mòd is a huge, much-loved festival which has brought the focus of Scotland and Gaelic music lovers across the world to Stornoway.  It takes years of planning to achieve this and they have done a fantastic job.” Read more