Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music.
In the last half century many of America’s traditional songs and music have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies, hymns and traditional instruments reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, joys, travails, land and faith that make up the soul of the American People far more than the strains of moderne music that have washed upon the nation’s shores. This series is offered as a reminder of the Spirit of America as given voice in song.
Appalachian Dulcimer – Amy Fabbri – The Mountain Traditions Project
Amy Fabbri native of Kentucky talks about the origins of the heritage music of the Appalachian region of America, of the settlers and the music borne of their joys and hardships. The people who settled the area in the 18th century were Ulster Scots— later known as “Scotch-Irish”, Germans from the Palatinate region and English settlers from the Anglo-Scottish border country.
From the mountains of Western Maryland and West Virginia comes a series of short films about Appalachian traditions in our changing world.