Wayfaring Strangers

Wayfaring Strangers

The Musical Voyage From Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

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Documents the connection between Appalachian folk music and its roots in the traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a musical form that merged with such influences as African American, French, and Cherokee.

The University of North Carolina Press
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change.

From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey. Enriched by the insights of key contributors to the living tradition on both sides of the Atlantic, this abundantly illustrated volume includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton, Dougie MacLean, Cara Dillon, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, Doc Watson, David Holt, Anais Mitchell, Al Petteway, and Amy White.

In 2017, noted Scottish musician Phil Cunningham followed this musical migration for the acclaimed BBC tv series "Wayfaring Stranger" to which the authors contributed.  In the pages of this book, tv viewers will enjoy re-visiting the people and places they loved on screen.


Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

Publisher: Chapel Hill :, The University of North Carolina Press,, [2014]
Description: xx, 361 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
ISBN: 9781469618227
1469618222
Branch Call Number: 781.6213 Rit

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