Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir‘s autumn céilidh, Cèilidh na Samhna, was filled with excellent food, drink, and craic. There was too much to capture in a website post, but you can get a peek inside the gathering below – then join us at our next céilidh on the 9th of February.
Thank you to all the teachers and students who came and shared their songs, stories, poetry, and cooking skills. It’s a warm and beautiful little community. Tapadh leibh a h-uile duine.
And, we had big stuff to celebrate! Congratulations to our fearless leader, Scott Morrison, for earning his degree in Gaelic Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college in Scotland. Welcome on board to Robert Bingham as our newest teacher. Co-là breith sona dhut, Rick Gwynallen.
Maraji Gwynallen opened the evening with a singalong warmup, a Scottish tune with new lyrics honoring our three teachers and organizer
At the end of which our teachers got their specially baked (by Maraji) kilted gingerbread men:
Fluent speakers and students shared songs, stories, music, and poems throughout the céilidh.
We were blessed to have two harpers at the céilidh. Maraji has been playing the harp for six years and is completing certification as a therapeutic musician. Dan Hinkle has played harp for more than 30 years.
. . . and of course the harp enchants everyone
[23 September 2019: The cèilidh is now at capacity for the hosts’ home and we have to cut off RSVPs. We are taking names for a waiting list.]
We’ve had a lot happen in our little community this year – our first immersion weekend; our first Language Villages; our head teacher, Scott Morrison’s, graduation from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig; one of our founding members, Liam Flynn, getting married; our first faculty addition with Robert Bingham coming on as a new teacher – we want to celebrate all of that. And we are going to do so in the first cèilidh of the new academic year!
Tha am foghar ann a bheireas an Samhradh gu crìch agus a dh’fhosglas an Geamhradh. (The autumn is here which brings the summer to an end and opens the winter.)
A new year in the Celtic calendar is upon us, and we are gathering with song, story, food, and drink in a warm, convivial environment.
SUNDAY, 10 NOVEMBER
Didòmhnaich, 10mh Samhain
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ceithir uairean feasgar – Seachd uairean feasgar
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(The cèilidh house is a private home.
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Our céilidhean are rooted in the traditional Highland céilidh as an intimate, informal gathering where stories, poems, songs, and news, are shared; good food and drink are partaken of; and the craic is always good.
Chì sinn uile aig a’ chèilidh sibh! (We’ll see you all at the cèilidh)
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Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is very pleased to announce the addition of Robert Bingham to our faculty for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. It’s an exciting hallmark in the growth of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir that our student demand requires us to expand our faculty. It’s also an honor to work with Robert, who has a deep love of the Gaelic language and culture and a passion for the revitalization of the language.
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.
Robert is teaching one of our New Beginner classes, but even if you are not studying with him you are sure to see him around area events.
Do you want to learn Scottish Gaelic?
Come join us!
The 2019 – 2020 academic year starts in just a few weeks. Interviews with returning and new students for Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate levels are underway.
Would you like to join us on this Gàidhlig journey?
Click here or on the schedule below for information on learning Gàidhlig with us.
The weather was beautiful, and the site on the South River was ideal with gardens, the historic tavern and home, recreated rustic 18th century buildings, the fields, the trees, and the river. The first Language Village was quite a hit at Historic London Town’s 2019 Celtic Weekend.
Take a visual stroll through our first Language Village – then do join us at future festivals.
information on the Gaelic language in its homeland and in North America . . .
. . . and a sample of Gaelic Music
Maraji played the harp throughout the event
(The children were particularly enthusiastic about the music)
(. . . and the dogs)
A chairidean chóir,
As the saying goes, time has flown by. It doesn’t seem that long ago that a group of three met at Liam Flynn’s Alehouse on North Avenue in Baltimore City to learn Gàidhlig from Scott Morrison. Yet, here we are now with a fully incorporated organization and a solid body of students.
The past year has been a busy and productive one. Sgoil Gàidhlig incorporated in the State of Maryland in August 2018 and recently received 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status from the IRS. It feels like we are adults now. We have survived our organizational childhood, grown and learned, and seem to be making a more mature contribution to the survival of the Gàidhlig language (a’ mairsinn beò).
On the 31st of May through the 2nd of June we held our first immersion weekend, Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais, in cooperation with Gàidhlig Photomac, which was so successful that we intend it as an annual event, perhaps even expand the program. There may be more to announce in this regard after our July Board of Trustees meeting. It was an honor to host so many committed and loving people.
The ever deepening relationship with Gàidhlig Photomac has bonded Maryland and Virginia Gàidhlig language communities as we become a true language community of the Chesapeake region. Liam Ó Caiside of Gàidhlig Photomac sits on the Sgoil Gàidhlig Board of Trustees and the two communities now cooperate in most all discussions regarding the growth of the Gàidhlig language and community in the region.
Sgoil Gàidhlig started floating a Language Village concept to area Celtic festivals whereby we create a space in the festival devoted to speaking and learning Gàidhlig, as well as incorporating other Celtic languages when those language communities are interested in partnering in the Language Village. Some interest has been expressed in this concept and we will hold our first Language Village this August during the Celtic Weekend at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland. This will give us the opportunity to test out and refine the concept. We hope more festivals will incorporate the Language Village into their festivals during next year’s festival season.
We have also amended the schedule and format of our céilidh series. With as many classes as we now run and the addition of the immersion weekend this year we no longer have the capacity to hold a céilidh every six weeks. In truth, it was always a stretch. So, we have changed the schedule to hold a quarterly céilidh, and are designing them to be mini-immersions. The program for each céilidh is designed to teach Gàidhlig in context, such as our Còcaireachd anns a’ Chidsin (Cooking in the Kitchen) session and our hike along the Potomac, build conversation, share more songs, and hear more offerings of music, poems, and stories.
Lastly, the first year of Sgoil Gàidhlig’s new curriculum has concluded, and we are happy to say that the new curriculum has worked very well. Assessing the last year of classes and making adaptations will continue through the summer, but we are now taking registrations for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
All of this kept us so busy we did not make it to festivals as of yet this year. We regret missing the festive gatherings and meeting those who come to our tent. Hopefully, we will see many of you soon.
Would you like to join us on this journey?
Click here for information on learning Gàidhlig with us.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh.
Our first Language Village will be at the Celtic Weekend at Historic London Town in Edgewater on 10 and 11 August, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. The setting is a twenty-three acre park and historical site, featuring archaeology, horticulture, and history on the South River. It’s a beautiful site.
The Language Village will be an interactive, engaging space where Gàidhlig is being spoken, people are being introduced to the language, and everyone can take part in singing, learning, and other activities. We will run a variety of language activities throughout the festival designed to appeal to children as well as adults, including displays, waulking songs, poetry, music, and introductory Gàidhlig classes.
We hope to build on this first one and be able to host a Language Village at other area Celtic festivals. The core language we teach at Sgoil Gàidhlig is Scottish Gaelic, so that is our focus. However, we would love to see representatives of the other Celtic languages be involved at any festival and see the Language Village expand.
Other activities at the Celtic Weekend include live music with Tweedsyde and the Devil’s Tailors, hearth cooking with the Appin Regiment, woodworking with Seneca Creek Joinery, the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis showing examples of tartan and doing a poetry reading by Burns, and 18th century games.
Nach tig thu?
Please come! We’d love to see you, learn with you, and celebrate with you there.
Would you like to join us on this Gàidhlig journey?
Click here for information on learning Gàidhlig with us.
Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!
The 2019 – 2010 academic year starts in early September. Click on the schedule below or here for curriculum information and registration.
On a spit of land at the narrowest part of the Chesapeake Bay in full view of the Calvert Cliffs, an intentional Gàidhlig-speaking community formed for a late spring weekend.
Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais had three purposes: Building Gàidhlig language skills, Gàidhlig thinking, and Gàidhlig community. Take a look at scenes from the weekend. Twenty people spent a weekend at Cove Point Lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay immersed in Gàidhlig. This was the first Gàidhlig language weekend in Southern Maryland. It was organized by Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taighe Mhòir and Gàidhlig Photomac – two regional Gaelic Learning Communities – and sponsored in part by An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA).
Our little ad hoc community had a wide range of experience with Gàidhlig, from beginner to fluent, and came from a wide range of places, from Virginia to Vermont. Yet, bonds were quick to form and at the end everyone felt they had experienced a real sense of community. Read More