Gerry Anderson On The Hillbilly Trail

Gerry Anderson follows the trail blazed by his ancestors, the Ulster Scots, from Ballycarry to Nashville. Along the way he discovers what this 'pernaptious and thrang' (awkward and stubborn) breed has contributed to the world in general and the United States in particular.

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01Comings And Goings20040306

They arrived from Scotland 400 years ago, but after a century they were ready to move on - this time across the Atlantic. Gerry visits a ruined chapel, a bagpipe-class, a peasant cottage and an immigrant ship. He discovers that today's upsurge of interest in the Ulster Scots is closely tied to politics.

02 LASTLog Cabins To The White House20040313

Gerry Anderson follows the trail blazed by his ancestors the Ulster Scots to discover what this 'pernaptious' breed has contributed to the world in general and the United States in particular. It was the 'Scotch Irish' as they're known in the States who were the frontier fighters and pioneers, from Davy Crockett to Sam Houston. Their trail leads down along the Appalachian mountains, where settlers turned into hillbillies and hillbillies turned into country music stars. It ends backstage at Nashville's 'Grand Ole Opry' where bill-topper Hal Ketchum talks about what his Ulster Scots ancestry means to him.