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 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week

The 17th Annual Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week will be held again this year at Lees-MacRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina from July 5, 2015 until July 10, 2015. The week consists of Scottish Gaelic language and song classes for all Ė from complete beginners to advanced speakers. The song classes will cover a range of traditional Gaelic song forms. You donít need to be fluent in Gaelic to learn Gaelic songs! Instructors this year will be Gillebride MacMillan, Joy Dunlop, and Kathleen Reddy. Gillebržde MacMillanís first language is Gaelic, and he is from the island of South Uist. He plays the role of Gwyllyn the Bard in the Outlander television series on Starz. He is well known as a singer, teacher and translator. Joy Dunlop is both an award-winning singer and step-dancer from Scotland. Kathleen Reddy is a certified Gaelic instructor who teaches Gaelic at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. The workshop ends just as the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are getting underway down the road at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. As usual there will be a Gaelic tent at the games, and the North Carolina Gaelic MÚd will take place there on the Saturday. The cost of room and board and instruction for the week are very reasonable, so come and join in the fun! For additional information and to register, see our website at or contact Dr. Jamie MacDonald at 910-703-3990 or John Grimaldi at



                          UPCOMING FESTIVALS & GAMES

New York City Tartan Day Parade New York City, NY April 11, 2015
Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games Huntersville, NC April 18 -- 19, 2015
The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival Jefferson Patterson State Park and Museum, Prince Frederick, MD April 25, 2015
Triad Highland Games Greensboro, NC May 2, 2015
Bathabara Celtic Festival  Winston-Salem, NC May 9 - 10, 2015
Frederick Celtic Festival     Mt. Airy, MD                                        May 9, 2015

Colonial Highland Gathering                      

Fair Hill, MD                            May 16, 2015
Smoky Mountains Highland Game Maryville, TN May 16 - 17, 2015
Greenville Scottish Games and Festival Greenville, SC May 22 - 23, 2015
Alma Highland Festival Alma, MI May 22 - 23, 2015
Glasgow Highland Games Glasgow, KY May 29 - 30, 2015