Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr Explore Appalachia's Musical Lineage in 'Wayfaring Strangers'
On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees has a special interview with Fiona Ritchie, the host of the popular NPR music program “The Thistle and Shamrock.” Ritchie, along with co-author Doug Orr, has just published a book about the music migration from Scotland and Ireland to Appalachia.
"We needed to write this book. It really is the outcome of decades of conversations between myself and my co-author Doug Orr which basically mirrored our own discoveries in the music."
"I had moved from Scotland over to North Carolina. Very quickly realized that I was in the heartland of some fantastic music. Also realizing very quickly that it connected to music from where I was from so I went on my own personnel journey of discovery to find out what this connection was all about."
"We need to remember in the music migration that this was the oral tradition carried on from generation to generation from family to family. So a family might have been sitting on the front porch in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia trying to recall the words. Adding some words themselves. This was the organic process."