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Country Music Traces Its Celtic Roots During Ireland Immersion Weekend

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Ireland Immersion WeekendBrentwood, TN -- The non-profit organization, The Irish Gift, will kick off its celebratory Ireland Immersion Weekend Nov. 15, 16 & 17 at Mountview Mansion in Brentwod with a Friday night performance of “The Mockingbird Sings,” (see below) a musical in development, that traces the roots of country and bluegrass music through Scottish, Irish, Delta Blues and Gospel influences.

The play centers around the origins of country music through main character Eddie Snow, (fictional) who forges his ideas into a new style of music, joined by the ranks of common folks all over the region of Appalachia who did the same. Maverick Ralph Peer had the idea to record these unique and haunting melodies in an attempt to capture the sounds that had never been heard outside of the south.

Bristol, Tennessee in 1927 is the setting, as Eddie learns the influences that make up the sounds of the region, melds them into his own (a revolutionary idea then) and later records his first song at the famed Bristol Sessions alongside the father of country music, Jimmie Rodgers , The Ernest Stoneman’s Dixie Mountaineers and the first family of country music, The Carter Family, becoming what now is commonly held as The Birth of Country Music.

Performance to Kick Off Celebratory Weekend on Friday, Nov. 15th along with music, food, dance and Irish culture and language worshops

The Mockingbird Sings

Participants of the Ireland Immersion Weekend will experience a weekend full of music, dance, Gaelic language instruction, authentic food and drink flown in from Ireland, along with demonstrations on how to prepare the meals yourself, lessons on how to play traditional Irish instruments and dance, Conamara ponies and more. Also joining the festivities, is Grammy award winning musician and Cherish the Ladies founding member, Joanie Madden, who will play and instruct.

The Ireland Immersion Weekend offers a full spectrum of Irish culture for those interested in immersing themselves in what Ireland has to offer. Click here for a full schedule of events.

The Irish Gift also offers online classes and workshops via their website. For more information on signing up for classes with The Irish Gift, please visit www.theirishgift.org

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