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Wayfaring Strangers : The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [With CD (Audio)]
by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr and Darcy Orr and Dolly Parton


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781469618227
  • ISBN-10: 1469618222
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 361
  • Dimensions: 11.41 x 8.95 x 1.06 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.42 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Music > Ethnomusicology
Books > Music > Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-07-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ritchie, founder and producer of NPR’s the Thistle & Shamrock, and Orr, founder of the Swannanoa Gathering music workshops, strike all the right chords in this pleasantly tuneful survey of the history of the evolution of Scottish music in Appalachia. The authors allow musicians and storytellers—ranging from Appalachian singer and dulcimer player Jean Ritchie and North Carolina storyteller Sheila Kay Adams to Doc Watson and former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons—to chronicle the tales of this rich tradition in their own words; thus, Ritchie, known as “The Mother of Folk” shares her story of growing up in eastern Kentucky singing the ballads she learned from her community and her family and bringing insight into the centuries-old ballad tradition through her own insights into the music. Chock-full of photographs, 60 black and white and 64 color, Ritchie and Orr take us on a journey from the rich musical traditions in various regions of Scotland to the voyage of the music from Scotland to Ulster and then across the ocean, where music permeates the daily lives of the wayfarers, and finally to the migrations and settlement in a new land, where the immigrants’ music meets and mingles with other traditions. (Sept.)

 
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