This program is one of a weekend of events in Charleston's 2nd Annual Celtic Calling Festival
Mixed Roots of Appalachian Culture and Music
4 March 2017 - Saturday
2:00 to 3:15 pm
WVSU Capitol Center
123 Summers Street, Charleston
Discover the impact of the Scots-Irish on language, music, dance and song in mountain communities, and how their traditions mixed with those of other racial and ethnic groups. The result made a rich mix.
In “Irish Stew: Mixed Roots in Appalachian Culture and Music,” Dr. Mick Moloney, Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies and Music at New York University, will challenge widely-held assumptions about the impact of Scots-Irish migration to Appalachia.
In his presentation, Dr. Moloney will examine the ongoing debate over the cultural impact of Scots Irish migration to Appalachia, with a particular focus on traditions in music, dance and song.
In examining settlement, religion, kinship patterns, language, music, dance and song, he will argue that notions of cultural identity and distinctiveness need to be tempered by the mixing and sharing that occurred when people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religions and traditions, most of them subsistence farmers, lived together in mountain communities.
Dr. Mick Moloney combines the careers of professional musician, musicologist, record producer, teacher and arts presenter, consultant and advocate. He holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, and now teaches at New York University. In 1999, he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.
This program is sponsored and presented by FOOTMAD
This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.