Here at Asheville Area Bed & Breakfast Association Inns, we love to direct our guests to the rich arts and cultural traditions of the area. If you are interested in Appalachian folk music and storytelling, then we are certain you’ll enjoy an upcoming performance by Sheila Kay Adams and the Scofflaws. Sheila Kay Adams (from her website) is a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and claw-hammer banjo player. She was born and raised in the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County, North Carolina, an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of of unaccompanied singing of traditional southern Appalachian ballads that dates back to the early Scots/Irish and English Settlers in the mid-17th century.
Sheila Kay Adams is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. She is the author of two highly praised books, Come Go Home With Me, a collection of short stories, and My Old True Love, a novel, in addition to being an award-winning musician and storyteller. She’s been performing for most of her life at a wide range of venues including the 1976 and 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. She is an extraordinary performer and her accomplishments and awards are many. Sheila recently formed a musical trio with the Scofflaws, and their performance promises to be an evening to remember.
The performance is May 2 at the Altamont Theater in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 7 and the performance is at 8 pm. You can watch a video of one of her performances at their website and also purchase tickets. They are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.