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Rethinking the Irish in the American SouthBeyond Rounders and Reelers$
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Bryan Albin Giemza

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037986

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037986.001.0001

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Shared Traditions

Shared Traditions

Irish and Appalachian Ballads and Whiskey Songs

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(p.122) Chapter 6 Shared Traditions
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Rethinking the Irish in the American South
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Emily Kader

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037986.003.0007

This chapter examines the movement of folk texts across cultural and political boundaries in Ireland and the arrival and persistence of these texts in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It considers two strains of Appalachian music—the ballad (or narrative folk song) and the whiskey song—and argues that Irish influences cannot be discarded when considering the roots of these traditions.

Keywords:   Appalachian music, Irish influence, ballads, folk songs, immigrants

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