Ohio University Home

Appalachian Music and Dance
Links to numerous resources.

Appalachian Music and Instruments
Music has always been at the center of life in Southern Appalachia. The people of this region are descendants of Scottish-Irish, English, Welsh, German, and French settlers who came across the Atlantic 200 years ago, as well as people of African American and Cherokee heritage. An oral musical tradition came with these people, many of whom were laborers, servants, and farmers. Because the southern Appalachian settlements were isolated from other groups of people by the mountains, their music did not change very much over hundreds of years.

Appalachian Traditional Music
At this site you will find a short history of Appalachian music, nice introduction to the topic.