Mountain music has provided a rich source of inspiration for country artists over many decades. The old folk songs and fiddle tunes that cross the Atlantic from the “Old World” put down deep roots in the mountain ranges of the southern states of America, especially in the vast region known as Appalachia.

Margo O’Donnell’s early life was spent by sea and mountains in west Donegal. Dolly Parton says she owes all her values in life to her upbringing in the Smoky Mountains along the Tennessee and North Carolina border where the old songs were passed down the generations.