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This year’s Royal National Mòd kicked off this weekend, showcasing some of the riches of modern Gaelic culture.

The weekend began on Saturday with shinty matches – with the women’s and men’s Mòd Cups, won for the ladies and the gents by Inverness City. Meanwhile, a tightly contested match between Glasgow Island and Loch Ness FC saw Glasgow Island crowned champions at the Mòd’s Football Cup for 2021.

On Saturday night, the ‘Our Language, Our Music’ concert featured piper James Duncan MacKenzie, fiddler Duncan Chisholm, Mairearad Green, and Ar Cànan ‘s Ar Cèol House Band.

As Bagpipe.News reported in August, the piping competitions for this years event have already been submitted and will be showcased online this week. We will post the results when we have them.

• The provincial Mòd on Mull had to be cancelled on Friday due to a number of cases of COVID-19 among school pupils.

We hear Stuart Liddell, current Glenfiddich champion and Pipe Major of World Champions, Inveraray & District Pipe Band, is about to publish his first collection of original music.

Entitled Marking Time, the book will feature tunes composed by Liddell, pictured, as well as others.

Liddell’s 6/8 march composed for the Queen’s Platinum jubilee in 2022, Diu Regnare, will feature in the collection. Watch this space.