Poet and musician Cahal Dallat (mandolin, button accordion and traditional flute, www.cahaldallat.com), and poet Anne-Marie Fyfe (www.annemariefyfe.com), both from the Glens of Antrim, will tell the story, in words, music, and images, of how Scots and Ulster Scots music and poetry not only weathered the rigors of a two-step migration but went on to influence the course of twentieth century folk, country, and rock music.
Antrim’s rugged Glens, on Ireland’s North Eastern coast facing Scotland’s Ayrshire and Campbelltown, were, for centuries, the landing point for generations of Scots (Lowland and Highland, pre- and post-Reformation) and a meeting-point/melting-pot for diverse cultural traditions. Border Ballads like Barbara Allen, The Unfortunate Rake, and The Lass of Roch Royal blended with modal Gaelic laments and the reels and jigs of Irish pipers and harpists. So when Ulster’s 18c Scots Dissenters upped sticks again and took their chances across the Atlantic, they took their cultural baggage of ballads and fiddle tunes to the North Eastern states and on down into the sparsely-populated Appalachian foothills.
Presented by the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, and Rare Book Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library