First, black Americans did not get gospel from the Irish. Always trying to take credit got every thing GOOD in the black community. Do YOUR research! Gospel music’s roots stem from the African Oral Tradition, which was a method used to pass tradition, history, folklore, religious beliefs, etc down from generation to generation. During the time of slavery in America. Lines of hymns were formed…. Work songs or as they are also known, “Negro Spirituals”. There was a great deal of repetition used as it was apart if African music, and helped them to achieve a trance like state for communal bonding. When blacks worshipped in churches after the emancipation, they used their hands and foot stomping to accompany their music in church. So THAT is where gospel music came from….do your research.