SongStory: The Irish Roots of Appalachian Music and Culture

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Robin Antepara, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in international education. She is currently Director of International Programs at Lincoln Memorial University where her duties include teaching psychology to undergraduate students. She taught English, psychology, and linguistics in Japan for over 15 years. Other international experiences include working as a volunteer English teacher in Tibetan refugee camps in northern India and studying Celtic music and languages in both Ireland and Scotland. She has published dozens of book reviews, essays, and travel pieces.

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SongStory: The Irish Roots of Appalachian Music and Culture

Program Dates:

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Folk Studies , Music , Celtic Studies

Course Description:
This course explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music and culture through the traditional music of Ireland. Linking songs with locales (e.g., Dublin, Kildare, Enniskillen), lyrics are analyzed to reveal historical and cultural themes. The importance of land, clan, and the struggle for independence are some of the themes we will be examining. We will visit museums and attend “performances” in pubs, churches and other intimate venues. The course incorporates an ethnographic component in which students interview area residents regarding songs of various regions. The course is open to anyone but will be of special interest to students of music, linguistics, and history.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Be prepared to walk 3-6 miles/day in potentially wet, rainy weather and cool temperatures.

Course Highlights:
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