Over at Frugal Kiwi, there's been quite a discussion going on about the question would you survive as a pioneer?
Most of that conversation revolves around practical skills, which of course are well needed. Seems to me storytelling is a practical skill as well, as is reflection. Otherwise how would anyone ever learn anything? including those practical skills. Not to mention have the courage and wisdom to carry on. The seanchai and the singer have their places in a pioneer existence too, I think.
You could take just about any of the music here along the music road to go along with this idea, really. Several suggestions:
Music Road: reflections with Adrienne Young
Music Road: Songs of the Immigrants
Music Road: tuning up for Burns Night: four Scots musicians
Music Road: Carrie Newcomer: Before & After