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  •  Bluegrass and mountain music (10+ / 0-)

    has its roots in Scots/Irish, it's clear as a bell if you listen. Here's Ricky Scaggs from the Three Pickers LP doing Road to Spencer. In the intro, Ricky tells how he went over there and felt right at home. He could play with them with no trouble at all.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:00:09 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent observation. (12+ / 0-)

      Even the dancing. Appalachian clog dancing has its roots in Irish step dancing.

      I posted this video this morning, but got few eyeballs.  This is Gaelic singer Mary Ann Kennedy with Sios Dhan An Abhainn.  You may recognize it from the movie, O Brother Where Art Thou, as "Let's go Down in the River to Pray, and sung by Alison Krauss. " Another title is "The Good Old Way."

      Here are the lyrics:

      Sios Dhan an Abhainn

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      Is có a dhleasas crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      O, pheathraichean, rachamaid sios,
      rachamaid sios, thugnamaid sios;
      O, pheathraichean, rachamaid sios,
      dh’ùrnaigh san abhainn le cheil’.

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      ‘S có gheibh an trusgan ‘s crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      O, bhràithrean, rachamaid sios,
      rachamaid sios, thugnamaid sios;
      O, bhràithrean, rachamaid sios,
      dh’ùrnaigh san abhainn le cheil’.

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      Is có a dhleasas crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      O, athraichean, rachamaid sios,
      rachamaid sios, thugnamaid sios;
      O, athraichean, rachamaid sios,
      dh’ùrnaigh san abhainn le cheil’.

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      ‘S có gheibh an trusgan ‘s crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      Mhàthraichean, rachamaid sios,
      thugnamaid sios, nach tig sibh sios?....

      Mhàthraichean, rachamaid sios,
      dh’ùrnaigh san abhainn le cheil’.

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      Is có a dhleasas crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      O, pheacaich, rachamaid sios,
      rachamaid sios, thugnamaid sios;
      O, pheacaich, rachamaid sios,
      dh’ùrnaigh san abhainn le cheil’.

      Nuair chaidh mi sios dhan an abhainn an dé,
      ‘g ùrnaigh ‘s a’foghlum facal Dhé,
      ‘S có gheibh an trusgan ‘s crùn nan seud?
      Mhic Dhé, stiùir mi nad cheum.

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:16:30 PM PDT

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    •  This music sounds like the soundtrack for (6+ / 0-)

      a Riverdance performance.

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 07:40:03 PM PDT

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