Celtic Music, From Scotland to Appalachia

Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock, and Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, have teamed up to write a book that traces the movement of traditional Celtic music from Scotland to Appalachia.


Doc Watson, 1987

The book, Wayfaring Strangers (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), includes a CD of music by artists including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, and Doc Watson. Ritchie commented on the blend of natures possessed by Scottish music, saying: “It has that sort of soul to it that comes from Scottish music and Irish music and Appalachian.”  For more on Wayfaring Strangers, incuding an exerpt of the book, click here.