Give the Gift of Music: Listen and Support Wayfaring Strangers

We are happy to announce that we reached our first fundraising goal for Wayfaring Strangers! Today we’re kicking off phase 2 of our Power2Give campaign.

About the project

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, by Fiona Ritchie and Doug OrrIn September 2014, The University of North Carolina Press will publish Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, co-authored by Fiona Ritchie, host of National Public Radio’s award-winning The Thistle & Shamrock® Celtic music program, and Doug Orr, President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College. Ritchie and Orr conducted amazing interviews with tradition-bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, whose voices convey the whimsy, humor, sadness, and joy of the migration story from the British Isles and Ireland to Appalachia.

To bring these stories to life, we’d like to include a CD of wonderful music in every book. We need your help to make this a reality. We need to raise $3000 more to fully fund this endeavor.

Listen to a sample

Wayfaring Strangers CDWhat will be on the CD? Great music from folks such as Dougie MacLean, Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams, Doc Watson, and David Holt.

Take a listen to this sampler we’ve put together to get a taste of what’s in store:
Listen to the Wayfaring Strangers sampler 

The sampler features clips from:

1) “It Was a’ for Our Rightfu’ King” by Dougie MacLean (traditional, arranged by Dougie MacLean), from Craigie Dhu, courtesy of Dunkeld Records ℗ ©1983. Used by permission.

2) “The Rambling Irishman” by Len Graham and Brían ÓhAirt (traditional), from In Two Minds, courtesy of Graham & ÓhAirt © 2012. Used by permission.

3) “Gypsy Davy” by Julee Glaub (traditional, arranged by Julee Glaub), from Blue Waltz, courtesy of Julee Glaub © 2004. Used by permission.

4)  “Wayfaring Stranger/British Field March” by Timothy Cummings (traditional, adapted and arranged by Timothy Cummings, Caleb Elder, and Pete Sutherland), from The Piper in the Holler, courtesy of Birchen Music/Timothy Cummings ℗ © 2012. Used by permission.

5)  “Young Hunting/Elzig’s Farewell” by Sheila Kay Adams (traditional, arranged by Sheila Kay Adams), from All the Other Fine Things, courtesy of Granny Dell Records © 2004 Sheila Kay Adams. Used by permission.

Support the campaign

Make a contribution by clicking on this link to Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, and Scots-Irish Music Part 2 on

Here’s what donors will receive for making this project a reality:

  • Donate $25 to produce and insert 21 CDs and receive a thank-you note from UNC Press.
  • Donate $75 to produce and insert 63 CDs and receive a handwritten thank-you note from UNC Press plus an invitation to meet Fiona and Doug during their book tour.
  • Donate $250 to produce and insert 210 CDs and receive an invitation to meet Fiona and Doug during their book tour plus a hand-signed thank-you note from Fiona and Doug on a souvenir notecard featuring the Wayfaring Strangers book cover.


Thank you for helping us make this extraordinary project possible!