Choir Members - Còisir Ghàidhlig Bharraigh

Còisir Ghàidhlig Bharraigh was established in January 2015 after Lisa MacNeil, now the choir's conductor, sent out a message asking for interested singers to get in touch. This was the first time in 20 years that an adult choir from Barra had prepared for Mod competitions.

Lisa studied Music and Gaelic at Glasgow University and now teaches Music in Castlebay Community School. She spent some time conducting the East Kilbride Gaelic Choir, taking them to the National Mod in Dunoon in 2003 and she herself came second in the Traditional Ladies competition at Oban in 2015. Until recently Mary Liz MacKinnon was the choir’s Gaelic tutor, now succeeded by Mary Catherine MacLean.

The choir has around thirty members, 80% of whom are fluent speakers or competent learners. Practices are held each Thursday evening in Northbay Hall.

The choir has performed locally in Castlebay and Northbay at various local functions and at the local Mòd Bharraigh is Bhatarsaigh. The choir has also organised summer ceilidhs with entertainment provided by the choir and their friends. These ceilidhs were aimed at holiday makers and served to foster the Gaelic and musical culture of the island.

The choir was delighted to be placed 3rd in the Lorne Shield at the Oban Mod, in their debut year, and indeed to win that competition in their second year. 2017 was not so successful however the choir have bounced back and are busy preparing for this year's Mod.