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The Irish arrived at many different ports in America. At one point, New Orleans was the second largest port of entrance for Irish immigrants. The Irish travelled as far out as Alaska, and the first wagon train to California was led by Irish. The Irish worked on the Erie Canal to the Santa Fe Trail and into Montana’s copper mines. They settled up and down the Midwest, the East Coast and went from the farm lands in Pennsylvania to the poorer farm lands of Appalachia. They held on to a strong faith which helped them as they kept walking on trying to find their new home. Their songs, tunes, and dance integrated with the music of the South in particular. Irish music became an important ingredient of a rich Southern mix which was also heavily influenced by West African banjo and percussive elements.

Les Acadiens or “Acadians”, later known as Cajuns, were exiled from Nova Scotia in Canada and they too, eventually found their new home and settled in Louisiana in the South. The roots of Cajun culture began almost 400 years ago when French travelers settled in Nova Scotia. Like the Irish, these settlers were seeking relief from economic and religious oppression in their own home of Western France. When they landed in Canada, they acquired great knowledge from the indigenous Micmac people and eventually called their new home “L’Acadie” after the Micmac word for “land of plenty.” After exile by the English and French, the Acadians reunited again in Louisiana, a territory held by the Spanish at the time. The Spanish welcomed the Acadians and once they settled in Louisiana, they once again nurtured their culture and eventually became known as the Cajuns. The Cajuns took with them a rich cultural heritage, which included a blend of French, Celtic, Scots-Irish and Native American influences and the music still thrives today.

“Walk On” speaks to the desire in all of us to continue to walk on through life’s obstacles with a strength of faith and purpose and find the way home in this life or beyond.


My friends are leaving
My heart’s torn in two
Mom’s face is showin’
Her son is leaving too.

The road’s unknown
The ocean’s too wide
The Lord’s gonna help me
I know I’ll survive

Walk On, and travel the road
Keep on walkin’, and carry the load
Walk On, continue to roam
Til you find your new home

Walk On, the Lord at your side
Keep on walkin’, and take in the ride
(You better) walk on, you’re never alone
And you’ll find your way home.

New land, new friends
I know where I’ve been
The tunes are playin’
I’m gonna be home again

Nouveau terrain (new ground)
Acceuille des amis (welcomes friends)
Chantez chansons (sing songs)
Heureux d’etre ici (happy to be here)


from Beyond the Bog Road, released March 4, 2016
{Words & Music: Ivers, 4:06}


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