live in West Virginia...the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Like
many West Virginians, several of us trace our ancestry to immigrants
who moved here from the Celtic lands in search of a new life. They
brought with them their families, their music and their independent
spirits, and settled in the beautiful green hills and isolated valleys
of our state. These Scottish and Irish roots can be
heard in "traditional" Appalchian mountain music. This cultural heritage
probably accounts for the special way that Celtic music resonates within the
hearts of the Appalachian people. For us it has meant a special attraction to
the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales,Brittany, and England that gives our repertoire
of songs and tunes a distinctive sound that is both Appalachian and Celtic.
Concerts feature traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, original compositions,
multi-layered vocal harmonies and unaccompanied singing.
Songs encompass rousing accounts of romantic escapades, tales of trial and
challenge, historical sagas, stories of personal experience and place, and
amusing expressions of everyday life and events.
Mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, silver and wooden flutes, upright bass, keyboard,
tenor banjo and autoharp.
" The Celtic influence on musical styles of the Appalachian mountain region,
and, in turn, a mountain flavor to familiar Celtic airs, form the substance of
the self-produced disc by the group Mountain Thyme. It's a gentle project of
music performed by six women who obviously know and love both the music and it's
sources. " - Dirty Linen Folk & World Music