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Celtic Culture and Mountain Folklore in Southern Appalachia
Through music, art, storytelling and more, discover the rich, lively culture of the Celtic people. Learn about their journey to Southern Appalachia and their influence on the region.
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Program No. 21340RJ
6 days
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The heart and soul of the Celtic people are deeply reflected in the lovely, plaintive airs, lively jigs and reels and rich and imaginative storytelling. Through lecture, music, art, storytelling and more, learn about the Scots-Irish heritage of Southern Appalachia. Discover the history and culture of the Celtic immigrants who have traveled to this region for over 100 years, and study Celtic Christianity and the powerful role it played in the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries B.C.E.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Sitting for long periods of time.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Trace the Celtic culture across Europe to the United Sates and learn about their history, culture and influence on Southern Appalachia.
  • Experience the rich tapestry of Southern Appalachia through the study of art, music and folklore.
  • Enjoy evening activities like live music, storytelling and a historic exploration of Lake Junaluska by boat or trolley.
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Flora MacDonald Gammon
Teacher,singer and instrumentalist, Flora is an interpreter of Scottish and Appalachian traditional folk music. She serves as Music Director for the Grandfather Highland Games and is a Director on the Folkmoot USA Board. Flora, who graduated from East Carolina University, was named Celtic Woman of the Year in 2008 for her efforts to share her Scottish heritage. She enlivens history with song as a visiting artist in schools and as an Road Scholar instructor.
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Bobbie Pell
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Marilyn McMinn McCredie
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Flora MacDonald Gammon
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