North America’s importance to traditional Irish music

Thought this was a good summary, from Steve Twigger of Gaelic Storm, currently at the Michigan Irish Music Festival, of the importance of the North American diaspora to Irish music:

“There are more Irish-Americans than residents of the Republic of Ireland, Twigger said, and cultural groups like Riverdance helped revive interest in the heritage. “People really like to seek out and identify with that part of their heritage,” he said. “It’s great to hear that it’s such a popular culture that a 16th (of a bloodline) is such a big influence on people’s lives.”” [From MLive.com >>>]

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