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    That the Appalachian type music, from which American country music sprang, originally came from Irish ballads, jigs and reels brought over by the Celts that settled in the mountains.

    There was a wonderful PBS special back in the 90s featuring The Chieftains and some of country music's brightest luminaries that detailed the progression of the tunes and words.

    Paddy Maloney was stunned when he heard Ricky Skaggs playing a fiddle piece he'd learned "from some old boy in Kentucky." Paddy reconized it as the same thing that's been played in Donegal for centuries. Listen to that link above. It's a real head-slapper that most of us never before noticed the obvious either.

    The Irish in Ireland, thanks in large part to the Chieftains, have only recently discovered what happened to their music once it crossed the pond. That explains their continued interest in "our" genre.

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 07:06:46 AM PDT

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