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Caithness Folk Group are jubilant Md Ghallaibh winners

11th October 2010

Photograph of Caithness Folk Group are jubilant Md Ghallaibh winners

Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A are winners of the Folk Group Competition for under 13 year olds at Md Ghallaibh 2010.

Sponsored by The Highland Council and Fujitsu, the Folk Group is an open category of competition for which groups have to sing two songs of their own choice with accompaniments of musical instruments.

The Group comprises pupils from five schools in the Caithness area, Mount Pleasant Primary, Halkirk Primary, Miller Academy Primary, Wick High, and Thurso High.

Councillor Hamish Fraser Chairman of The Highland Council's Gaelic Committee said: "We are privileged to be collaborating with Fujitsu in sponsoring this competition. The quality of the musicianship was of an extremely high calibre, but there has to be a winner and I am pleased to say that Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A won this exciting and popular competition.

"The young people are a credit to their schools, and local areas. Their enthusiasm proves that the hard work and commitment from both the young competitors and their instructors can reap worthy rewards. I believe that they will be fantastic traditional music bearers of the future and therefore wish them every success."

Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A sang "Siorram Sios" and "Domhnall Beag Ant-Siucar" as their choices of winning songs.

Congratulating Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A on their achievement Ian Farquhar, Fujitsu North Area Team Leader said: "Fujitsu are very proud to be able to support the MOD as part of our long standing commitment to the Highland community, it is a fantastic celebration of Gaelic culture and the hard work of these talented young people. We wanted the prize to allow them to bring something back to their school to develop their musical talents and for all the students at their school."

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gaidhealach welcomed the partnership support for the competition: "An Comunn Gaidhealach are delighted that Fujitsu has offered a substantial prize to encourage youth participation at the Royal National Mod 2010. The strong relationship between The Highland Council and Fujitsu has resulted in an extremely attractive prize being donated by Fujitsu. We are confident that this will result in substantial interest in the Children's Mod in the years to come and we wish to record our appreciation to both Fujitsu and Highland Council for this support."

Second place in the competition went to Cisir g a' Bhac, with Bun-sgoil Ghidhlig Inbhir Nis coming third.

Other youth groups taking part in the competition included: Fis air an Oir Juniors; Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group B; Na h-uiseagan, Na Cig Caraidean; and Na Smeraichean.

Fis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A will be performing at the Children's Prizewinners' Concert which takes place 11 and 12 October at Thurso High School Games Hall.

Feis Ghallaibh Junior Folk Group A, from throughout Caithness, winners of the Highland Council Fujitsu Prize display their certificate and 500 worth of vouchers. They are, from left, (front), sisters Isla and Heather Bain, Thurso, Caitlin Forbes, Latheron, William Campbell, Halkirk, (back), Duncan Davidson, Castletown and Craig Chambers, Thurso. Looking on are, from right), Councillor Hamish Fraser chairman of the Gaelic committee, Fujitsu representative Ian Farquhar, Councillor Margaret Paterson, Councillor Biz Campbell, vice chair of gaelic committee and Morag Anna Macleod, gaelic development officer.

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