Scott Morrison is co-founder and Head Teacher of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir. Scott has been studying Gaelic for over 16 years. His teachers have included: Nick Freer, Liam Cassidy, Michael MacKay, Angus MacLeod (of Cape Breton), Professor Richard Cox, Dr. Meg Bateman, Professor John MacTaylor (all of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Gaelic College), and traditional singer/teacher Gillebride MacMillan (of South Uist).
Mr. Morrison has been teaching his four children Gaelic since he started learning back in 2003. His teaching credits include: a two-week bodhràn course at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton Nova Scotia in 2006, Instructor/regional representative for the Atlantic Gaelic Academy 2011-2013, VP and President of An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (The American Scottish Gaelic Society) 2011-2014, workshop instructor/organizer for the Northern Arizona Celtic Society’s Immersion Weekend in Flagstaff (2013), and numerous private lessons on-line via Skype. He earned a B.A. in Gaelic Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye in December 2018 through their distance learning program.
An accomplished musician, Mr. Morrison teaches percussion and Celtic Traditional music in his studio called Rimshots. In particular, he teaches the Bodhràn, the Tin Whistle, the Bones, and the Spoons. Mr. Morrison also sings many Gaelic songs (learned from Gillebride) and won the men’s traditional singing contest in the US National Mòd in 2011. Mr. Morrison has also won numerous awards at previous Mòds for Gaelic poetry writing, poetry recitation, and story telling including the coveted Argyll Cup for outstanding scholarship three times.
She currently sits on the board for Comhairle na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia and is the co-chair of her local Gaelic language society, Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-Bhaile, in Halifax. Cailín has been a dedicated learner of the Gaelic language for years now, reaching fluency by attending community classes and events around the province, including completing a month long live-in immersion at Colaisde na Gàidhlig in Cape Breton – a place she considers a home away from home. On top of teaching various Gaelic song workshops and private language classes, performing at local events as a Gaelic singer and storyteller, and acting in Gaelic short films, Cailín has also worked two terms with Language in Lyrics – a project dedicated to creating a comprehensive database of Gaelic songs of Nova Scotia. Cailín is extremely passionate about Gaelic language, culture, and song, a passion that was no doubt inherited from her Gaelic speaking grandmother who loved nothing more than to sing in the kitchen with her siblings when Cailín’s father was growing up. Cailín is excited to share this love of Gaelic by joining Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir as a Gaelic instructor.
Robert Bingham joined the faculty of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. He took a break from teaching for the 2020 – 2021 school year, but remains active with the school and we look for his return next year.
Robert is a native of South Florida. He graduated in 2003 with a B/A Honours in Celtic Studies from Saint Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada where he learned Gaelic with Dr. Ken Nilsen and Catriona Parsons, as well as with the local community. In Cape Breton he had the opportunity to immerse himself in North American Gaelic culture. Robert received the Angus L MacDonald Scholarship to travel to Scotland, which he did in the summer of 2003. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Virginia Beach, Virginia.