The Irish Emigrant Experience: Coming to America as told through Music, Song & Story
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On the cover of their new CD, Bound for Amerikay, McDermott’s Handy has focused on the iconic image of Irish emigrants so poignantly depicted in the Irish Memorial sculpture that Irish Philadelphians have placed near Penn's Landing on the waterfront at Front and Chestnut Streets. Then you listen to the opening track and hear “When I landed in Philadelphia, the girls all jumped for joy!” and you’re into an unmistakable musical journey that captures the spirit of the emigrant experience.
“Their music took the facts about immigration and transferred them into the emotion and experience.” —Marie Ely, living history coordinator, Strawbridge School PTA