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SHEILA KAY ADAMS and BOBBY MCMILLON: BAWDY BALLADS Jan 18th at 8pm
$12 in advance
$15 at the door
An Evening of
The Most Hilariously Bawdy, Naughty, and Risque,
Ballads and Songs
from the Hills of Western North Carolina
SHEILA KAY ADAMS
National Heritage Award recipient
North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient
Prepare to Laugh,
Prepare to Blush,
Prepare to be Astonished,
As Two of North Carolina's Best Known Ballad Singers
Share Songs and Ballads Learned Straight From
Sources in Sodom NC and other parts of the Appalachians.
Expect to Hear Songs
Four Letter Words,
....and titillating content
which some might even call
Lewd, Dirty or Vulgar !!!
*** For Mature Audiences ***
Sheila Kay Adams
is a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and claw-hammer banjo player, who 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 has also recorded several albums of ballads, songs and stories including; My Dearest Dear (2000), All The Other Fine Things (2004), and Live at the International Storytelling Festival (2007). Adams appeared in the movies Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Songcatcher (2000), a movie for which she also served as technical advisor and singing coach.
Shiela is also the 2016 NC Heritage Aware recipient. Adams' devotion to preserving and perpetuating her heritage earned her the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Award in recognition of her valuable contributions to the study of North Carolina Folklore.
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Robert Lynn “Bobby” McMillon
, a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient, was heir to numerous strands of Appalachian culture. From his father’s family in Cocke County, Tennessee, he learned Primitive Baptist hymns and traditional stories and ballads. From his mother’s people in Yancy and Mitchell Counties, North Carolina, he heard “booger tales, haint tales,” and legends about the murder of a relative named Charlie Silver. In Caldwell County, he went to school with relatives of Tom Dula, learned their family stories, and heard ballads, gospel songs, and Carter family recordings. “The real storytelling,” Bobby says, “was so intertwined that a bear tale or a fish tale or a witch tale or a tale of some history that had really happened—a family tale—they were all equally believable.”
Bobby McMillon has performed throughout the state as a singer and storyteller. He has appeared at events such as the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, the A. P. Carter Memorial Festival, national storytelling conferences, and the Festival for the Eno. For a decade he served public schools as part of the Artist in the Schools and Visiting Artist programs. Filmmaker Tom Davenport produced a film, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, that features Bobby singing the ballad and telling stories passed down in his family and community about the murder.
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