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PICTURES: Atmosphere at Sutherland and Caithness Provincial Mod "lively, uplifting and exciting"


By Caroline McMorran

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Entries for the Sutherland and Caithness Provincial Mod, held at Bettyhill last Saturday, may have been fewer than in pre-coronavirus years, but the atmosphere was as vibrant as ever.

Farr Nursery Action Song. Picture Jim A Johnston
Farr Nursery Action Song. Picture Jim A Johnston

The celebration of traditional Gaelic music and culture was described as "lively, uplifting and exciting," by former Farr High School headteacher Jim A Johnston, who took the images shown below.

And spectators were certainly not in short supply to enjoy the showcasing of young musical talent from local communities.

A selection of prize-winners from the day were invited to perform at a Flavour of the Mod and prize-winners showcase in the school's gym hall in the afternoon.

The event also featured music from the Fèis Air an Oir Ceilidh Trail Band as well as the Big Sing Choir, Melvich Gaelic Choir and piper Arran King.

Aidan MacGruer, Thurso, Winner of p4/5 solo singing for fluent speakers. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Aidan MacGruer, Thurso, Winner of p4/5 solo singing for fluent speakers. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Glen Miller, Watten, winner of piping under sixteen march. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Glen Miller, Watten, winner of piping under sixteen march. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Morven Miller, Watten, winner of junior piping, under 16, and secondary whistle. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Morven Miller, Watten, winner of junior piping, under 16, and secondary whistle. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School won the P1-3 action song section. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School won the P1-3 action song section. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Phoebe Bain, Thurso, won the 13-15 years solo singing. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Phoebe Bain, Thurso, won the 13-15 years solo singing. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Farr Nursery Action Song. Picture Jim A Johnston
Farr Nursery Action Song. Picture Jim A Johnston
Tongue Primary School Choir. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Tongue Primary School Choir. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School choir. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School choir. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Eli Spratt of Strathy. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Eli Spratt of Strathy. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Arran King, Halkirk - Overall winner for piobaireachd and march, strathspey and reel. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Arran King, Halkirk - Overall winner for piobaireachd and march, strathspey and reel. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School whistle group. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Melvich Primary School whistle group. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Excited performers were looking their best in kilts and crisp white shirts. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Excited performers were looking their best in kilts and crisp white shirts. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Eli Spratt, Strathy, won the boys' solo singing p2-p3. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Eli Spratt, Strathy, won the boys' solo singing p2-p3. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Emily Farquhar of Strathy, primary accordion winner. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Emily Farquhar of Strathy, primary accordion winner. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Rosalie Jack of Golspie won the primary piano and was also the under 13 fiddle winner. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Rosalie Jack of Golspie won the primary piano and was also the under 13 fiddle winner. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Zara Mackintosh of Melvich, a member of Fèis air an Oir, was in the winning tune group and took second place in secondary whistle. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Zara Mackintosh of Melvich, a member of Fèis air an Oir, was in the winning tune group and took second place in secondary whistle. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Esther Spratt of Strathy, winner of the girls' solo singing. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Esther Spratt of Strathy, winner of the girls' solo singing. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Leah Bullivant, Halkirk. Winner of fiddle 13-15 years. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Leah Bullivant, Halkirk. Winner of fiddle 13-15 years. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Leah and Rebekah Bullivant, Halkirk, competed in the 13-15 years fiddle competition. Picture Jim A Johnston
Leah and Rebekah Bullivant, Halkirk, competed in the 13-15 years fiddle competition. Picture Jim A Johnston
Kerrie Kennedy. Oban. Gaelic singing judge. Picture: Jim A Johnston
Kerrie Kennedy. Oban. Gaelic singing judge. Picture: Jim A Johnston

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