It is generally acknowledged that the wellspring of “mountain” music — that peculiar braid of music that trickled out of the “hollers” of Appalachia — lies in the Celtic lands of Ireland and Scotland, brought to our shores by refugees from poverty, religious strife, famine and the clearances. With the Celtic music revival that began in the closing years of the last century (1980’s), these disparate streams have been remingling with their source in fascinating ways. I ran across these two: The Rachel Newton Trio performing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Rachel Newton with a lovely cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry.”
While we’re mixing and matching, the inimitable Julie Fowlis sings a song you’ve heard before.
In the interest of equal time, three of the iconic voices of Ireland, Máiréad Ní Domhnaill, Máire Brennan (erstwhile lead singer of Clannad) & Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh (lead singer of Altan)
And three iconic American voices, Dolly Partin , Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.
And just for grins, one of my favorites, Kilbogie by Old Blind Dogs.