In late November, 2016, a great fire swept through the Great Smoky Mountains, destroying countless acres of land, many local businesses and homes, and displacing thousands of individuals. During this time, the band members found themselves, like so many others, confined to a hotel unable to return home to find out what awaited them after being evacuated as the fires moved closer and closer into the town. Tuatha Dea proudly calls Gatlinburg, Tennessee home, and the mountains in the area have provided not only solace and comfort to them over the years, but inspiration as well. In the heartbreak and fear that lingered with them during this time, inspiration struck in the form of a song, and in the hopes that the song could bring some comfort to those affected. Hear the story, as well as the song, in the band’s own words below.
Within days, a Mountain Benefit Concert was organized at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Tuatha Dea was asked to perform. See their first live performance of “Appalachia Burning” below.