Some history of the music that was performed that evening, where it originated, how it’s developed over time.
Well, some of our musicians kind of specialize in Appalachian music.
In fact, that’s part of the reason we performed it, so you really should talk to them, too.
Okay, so we were playing Appalachian music from communities in the Appalachian Mountain regions of the United States.All right.
Uh...Do you really think you can keep these all in your head?
Oh, don’t worry. All I need are a few key facts. I’m sure I can keep them straight until I get back to my dorm.
So the music is generally based on folk ballads and instrumental dance tunes.
It started with Scottish and Irish immigrants who brought over their style of music, it’s called Anglo-Celtic.
So people brought their musical traditions with them.
Well, this Anglo-Celtic music was considered an important link to the past for these people, which you can see in the way that Appalachian singers sing ballads.
They have sort of a nasal quality to them, like in Celtic ballads.