It was clearly the Scots-Irish immigrants who contributed most to what would be called Appalachian or old-time music. [Rural Roots of Bluegrass p 126]
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Country roots are Scotch-Irish
In 2003, thirty years after he settled in North Carolina, Erbsen published Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories and History and this was his conclusion about the roots of such music:
Today some people say that it was the Irish who contributed most to Appalachian music and yes it was people who came from Ireland but they were Scotch-Irish, the descendants of the Ulster-Scots who crossed the Atlantic in search of a new life in a new land.
The book is available for purchase on the internet, along with a CD containing 14 songs from the book, and it is a great source of information about many traditional songs. In 2006 Erbsen also published The Bluegrass Gospel Songbook, with more than 100 favourite gospel songs.
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 04:07