Warren Wilson College News

Sheila Kay Adams at Sage Café

Sheila Kay Adams will present a concert of traditional Appalachian ballads, folk songs and banjo Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Sage Café.

Ballad singer, banjo player, writer and storyteller, Sheila comes from a small mountain community in Madison County, North Carolina. For seven generations, her family has maintained the tradition of passing down the English, Scottish and Irish ballads that came over with her ancestors in the late 1700s.

She learned the ballads from her relatives, primarily from her great-aunt Dellie Chandler Norton. A perennial favorite at Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Sheila has performed and taught at many major festivals and workshops throughout the country. In 2013, she was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship – the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. She has been a featured performer in the Southern Arts Federation’s Sisters of the South tour, the National Folk Festival, the North Carolina Folklife Festival, the Kent State Folk Festival, the San Diego Folk Heritage Festival, and the Folkmasters series on National Public Radio.

She served as the ballad-singing coach for the feature film, Songcatcher, and her novel, My Old True Love, published in 2004 by Algonquin Books was a finalist for the Southeastern Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year Award.

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