Sheila K. Adams at MHM
She’s from Sodom, in Madison County, just north of Asheville. The community is known for producing mountain ballad singers, dating back to the arrival of the Scots-Irish before the American Revolution.
She continues this tradition in a big way. As a singer, banjo player and storyteller, she has earned a national reputation. Most recently, just a few weeks ago, she won a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. This award represents the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
In an interview on WUNC Public Radio, Adams said, “It’s the best thing that ever happened to me … I’m still just thrilled out of my britches.”
Adams will share her joy and her talent this week on Mountain Home Music, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. Starting time is 7:30 p.m.
“The National Heritage Fellowship is but one form of recognition she’s garnered,” said Joe Shannon, founder and host of Mountain Home Music.
In 1997, she won the Clark-Cox Historical Fiction Award from the N.C. Society of Historians, and, in the same year, she won Brown-Hudson Award from the N.C. Folklore Society. In 1992, she caught the attention of Hollywood and made a musical appearance in the film, “Last of the Mohicans.” She was also a technical advisor and singing coach for the movie, “Songcatcher.”
About Adams, the Washington Post said, “Her stories may be localized or carry you back to the 13th century, but their lessons, poignancy and humor have no boundary.” In reference to her two books of short stories, “Come Go Home With Me” and “My Old True Love,” Life Magazine called them “pure mountain magic.”
Joe Shannon and the Appalachian Acoustic Trio will also perform. Songs from Ireland the Civil War will be featured.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5. Tickets may be purchased at Mast General Store (Boone and Valle Crucis), Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain, Kudzu Music in Boone and Pandora’s Mailbox and the Dulcimer Shop, both in the Martin House on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.
Tickets may also be purchased online though the Mountain Home Music website, http://www.mountainhomemusic.com. For more information, visit the website or call (828) 964-3392.
The purpose of Mountain Home Music is to honor the music and the musicians of the Appalachian region. Mountain Home Music is affiliated with the Blue Ridge Music Trails, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council.