Kick off St. Patrick’s Day in southwest Virginia with some traditional Irish folk music

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — There are so many aspects to Irish heritage, tradition, and culture, but storytelling and music are among the most important, especially on March 17.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many St. Patrick’s Day festivities around southwest Virginia and around the globe had to be canceled or modified.

However, on Wednesday, March 17, WFXR News spent some time with Mist on the Mountain — a band based in the New River Valley that plays traditional Irish music — to learn about the significance of music, the Irish roots in southwest Virginian culture, and enjoy some lively jigs and reels to kick off St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information about Mist on the Mountain, click here.

Also, here are some extra fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration was held in Boston in 1737.
  • The shamrock is the national flower and emblem of Ireland.
  • Legend says each leaf of the four-leaf clover has a meaning: hope, faith, love, and luck.
  • The original St. Patrick’s Day color was not green, but blue!

For some even more fun, watch WFXR News’ Colleen Guerry and Hazelmarie Anderson show off their fancy Irish Step dancing moves.

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