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SHEILA KAY ADAMS and the Scofflaws Appearing Sat Feb 7 2015 at 8pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

Sheila Kay Adams & the Scofflaws who perform an eclectic mix of toe-tappin' old time fiddle/clawhammer banjo tunes, ballads, stories, early American folk songs and original Americana songs, with musical "curveball" surprises along the way. The Scofflaws bring some 90 years of collective musical experience to the stage, and draw material from a span of 400 years. From the 16th century to honky-tonk...just when ya think you got it figgered out, think again!
Sheila Kay Adams is one of, if not the most famous woman in traditional Appalachian folk music and story telling. Musician, story teller and author, she's been performing on the national level for over 40 years, including the 1976 and 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, many appearances at the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festivals and the best folk music festivals in the USA. She's been awarded the highest awards that exist in traditional American folk music. We could fill up a book about Sheila alone; instead, here's a short blurb about her from the Blue Ridge heritage website.
(from Blue Ridge Heritage)
"As a storyteller, Adams also presents her family's heritage to a world audience. Her tales of life in Madison County are full of history and humor. A reviewer in the Washington Post wrote that, "Her stories may be localized or carry you back to the thirteenth century, but their lessons, poignancy, and humor have no boundary, real or artificial." Most recently she is the acclaimed author of two books, Come Go Home With Me, a collection of short stories drawn from life in Madison County, and My Old True Love, a novel of love and family in Civil War-era Madison County. Life Magazine called her book of short stories "pure mountain magic." And, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says My Old True Love is "as passionate and eventful as an Irish ballad."
Sheila Kay Adams won the 1997 North Carolina Society of Historians' Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award, and received the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Award for outstanding contributions to the folklore of her home state.
In 2013, Adams received the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts."
Sheila is also an award-winning traditional banjo player and singer of traditional Appalachian ballads and songs, and here's where the Scofflaws come in. Over the last year or so, a musical trio with a collective 90 years of musican experience has been forming between Sheila and two other musicians, each gifted in their own unique musical skills; the result becoming Sheila Kay Adams & the Scofflaws.  
Holding down the rhythm guitar is songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dan Lewis, another musical veteran of western North Carolina for over 40 years, who brings his lifetime of performing with various traditional mountain musicians, as well as Piedmont blues with Asheville 1st generation blues legends Walter & Ethel Phelps, 50s & 60s dance band Johnny & the Jokers, and world famous synthesizer inventor Bob Moog. Dan has twelve albums of original music released, has performed hundreds of time for thousands of people here and in the UK. For the Scofflaws, his rhythm guitar both accents the beat and adds counter melodies beyond typical traditional guitar styles, and occasionally sings harmony; the Scofflaws also perform several of Dan's original mountain-influenced Americana songs, including one based on one of Sheila's childhood memories.

The final Scofflaw is Branson Raines, a truly gifted young traditional & bluegrass fiddler who's skills and tonality are decades beyond his actual age. Branson has studied under master Appalachian fiddlers, and also performs with local bluegrass bands regularly performing in the region. Wherever the Scofflaws perform, everyone is amazed at the musical skills Branson so effortlessly shares, and we can only imagine what the future holds for one so gifted at a young age. Not limited to fiddle, Branson can clawhammer a fine banjo and pick mandolin and guitar.

So, in the Scofflaws, we have this gifted and diverse eclectic trio; Sheila's banjo is a perfect rhythmic melodic engine, her voice sing high and clear, richly flavored with tradition and times gone by; Dan's intricate rhythm guitar driving and accenting the clawhammer banjo, while Branson's fiddle is the toneful melodic icing on the cake, inspiring every toe in the house to tapping on one song, and every eye tearful on the next. And, just when you think you've got the Scofflaws figured out, they pitch curveballs from the roots of early country music and honky-tonk that seem to surprise and delight listeners every time.

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As a special treat, the opening act will be Appalachian folk-pop duo Lorraine Conard (guitar & vocals) and Emma Best (fiddle, mandolin, guitar & vocals), opening the show.Lorraine and Emma, both songwriters and lovers of traditional tunes, bring stories to life, from toe-tapping, country-fried original Americana and bluegrass to folk-tinged gospel and blues. Give them a listen here!