Past Dates

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

An Evening with Sheila Kay Adams - 7:00 PM
419 Turnpike Road
Mills River, NC 28759
(828) 891-9375
Price: $20.00
An Evening with Sheila Kay Adams

Sheila Kay Adams is a renowned ballad singer, storyteller and claw-hammer banjo player.  In 2016, she received the North Carolina Heritage Award, the state's highest award for the arts.  She has also received the National Heritage Fellowship Award for artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America's culture for future generations. Come join us for this evenings goings on! You'll hear lots of ballads, clawhammer banjo tunes and tales of growing up in a place called Sodom. It's going to be a fun, toe-tapping evening and you won't want to miss it!

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska - 2:00 PM
91 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Mountain Pickers Association Club Night


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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Canberra, AU -2608

Friday 25 - Monday 28 March

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

House Concert in Kew


Friday, March 18th, 2016


Friday March 18th - Sunday March 20th

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Sydney Road
Brunswick, Victoria 3056

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Friday, December 4th, 2015

Christmas with Sheila Kay Adams & The Scofflaws - 8:00PM
105c Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-0816

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Blowing Rock School Auditorium
A Night of Gory Ballads & Haint Tales - 7:30pm
165 Morris St
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Niles Center for American Music
Sheila Kay Adams at the John Jacob Niles Center - 12:00 noon
Lexington, KY 40506

Friday, October 9th, 2015

20th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Folk Society of Greater Washington Annual Getaway
West River, MD

Sheila Kay Adams & The Scofflaws will be performing as well as doing some workshops at the Folk Society of Greater Washington's annual getaway. For further info please visit the Folk Society's website.

Friday, September 11th, 2015

National Folk Festival
Downtown Greensboro

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Swannanoa Solstice
Diana Wortham Theater
Asheville, NC

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Transylvaina County Library
Blue Ridge Christmas Show with Michael Reno Harrell & Sheila Kay Adams - 6:30 PM
Brevard, N.C.
828-884-3151 ext 3

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Kanuga Conference Center
Hendersonville, NC

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Teller in Residence - Storytelling Live! -
116 W Main St Jonesborough
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
(423) 753-2171

Sheila Kay Adams shares stories from the small mountain community in Western North Carolina where she was born, and passes on the rich musical heritage of her ancestors.  A banjo player and seventh generation ballad singer, she is also an author of several books and recordings. 

Her many awards include the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown Hudson Award for the Preservation of NC Folklore and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for the Preservation of Traditional Music.  Adams has performed across the nation and the British Isles, including appearances at the National Book and Smithsonian Folklife Festivals. 

“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.”  –The Washington Post

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Performance - 1:00 PM
356 U.S. 25
Hot Springs, NC 28743
(828) 622-9575

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Berea College
Celebration of Traditional Music Festival - 7:00 PM
Phelps Stokes Chapel
Berea, KY 40403
Price: $10 for the public, free for children under 10 and Berea College students with ID.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Augusta Heritage Center Vocal Week - All week...
Davis & Elkins College
Elkins, West Virginia 26241

Perhaps no other form of expressive culture captures the essence of our lives better than singing the melodies, harmonies, and poetry of this venerable art form. Spirit, passion, and tradition come together at Augusta Vocal Week. We’re offering more reasons than ever for you to come out and sing!

Vocal Week will again have a staff of extraordinarily talented and caring individuals who sing from the heart. Taking good care of your voice will be emphasized, with classes in voice technique plus vocal warmups offered every morning. From those gentle early morning warmups to late night song swaps, singers will delight in the variety and scope of this year’s Vocal Week. Students may work in a range of cultures and styles taught by nationally and internationally known singers, teachers, songwriters.

Those at the beginning level can get tips on creating simple harmonies, and experienced harmony singers get a challenging workout. Learn how to care for your voice and expand your vocal range. Each day late afternoon bonus sessions offer interesting choices. Evenings offer mini-courses, concerts, dances, song swaps, jam sessions, and a student showcase. After hours, we liven up the Ice House and other campus locations by singing everything from ballads to doo-wops.


Monday, July 21st, 2014

Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week - All week...
Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, North Carolina 28815

Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. The many diverse offerings enable students to explore new areas; fiddlers sing, singers dance, and dancers learn to play instruments. New this year, the Teen Gathering is a class specifically for teenagers. Students enroll in as many as three regular classes during the week, and each afternoon a variety of short workshop topics are offered during the Potluck Sessions. The daily Communal Gathering features master musicians, singers, and dancers from across the Appalachian region. Evening activities include jam sessions, singing, square dances, clogging, concerts, and the popular Late-Night Honky-Tonk Dance! For those students bringing their families, we also offer a program for kids, but space is limited. Our Children's Program for ages 6-12 features kids' activities scheduled during all the daytime class sessions, and evening childcare for ages 3-12 is provided at no additional cost.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Swannanoa Gathering Traditional Song Week - Beginning Sunday, July 7 through July 13
Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, North Carolina 28815

Traditional Song Week realizes a dream of a comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene. Here, finally, is a place where you can develop and grow in confidence about your singing, and have lots of fun with other folks devoted to their own song journeys. Come gather with us to explore various traditional song genres under the guidance of experienced, top-notch instructors. When singers gather together, magical moments are bound to happen!

For our sixth year, Traditional Song Week is proud to present a gathering of highly influential singers and musicians who have remained devoted over the years to preserving and promoting traditional song. This year’s program has several new features. The week’s first night will feature the Gathering’s own Grand Ole Opry, with folks who have performed regularly on the Nashville stage. “Too Slim” from Riders in the Sky will emcee the evening with his hilarious Opry humor and his upright bass. Bring your boots and hats! We will also introduce our first Traditional Comic Song Contest in which students will have an opportunity to share their funniest versions of traditional songs. Our Community Gathering time each day affords us the opportunity to experience together as a group diverse topics on our shared love of traditional song. Several days will be hosted by NPR’s legendary broadcaster, Fiona Ritchie of The Thistle & Shamrock. She will conduct interviews to be aired on radio with Brian McNeill from Scotland, Cathie Ryan from Ireland, and a panel of our staff discussing the future of traditional song. One day we will highlight Swannanoa’s own Beth Magill, who has influenced many by her life of music and one day we’ll welcome special guest Freddy LaBour (“Too Slim”) and his one-man show. This year we will also feature classes in singing with instruments (guitar, fiddle, mandolin) and song accompaniment as we welcome back Dáithí Sproule (guitarist for Irish super-group Altan) and new staff member Brian Christianson from Nashville (who performs weekly on the Grand Ole Opry with the Mike Snider Band). We’ll also feature classes in bluegrass (taught by seven-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley), blues (taught by Ben Wiley Payton from Mississippi, where the blues originated), gospel, songs of Ireland, Scotland and England, cowboy songs and songs of the frontier (taught by the finest yodeler on the Grand Ole Opry, Ranger Doug), North Carolina mountain ballads, songwriting in the tradition, finding your voice and choosing your songs, shape-note singing, duet harmony, community singing, camp meeting songs and more! The week will also feature nightly concerts and singing sessions, the Old Farmers Ball dance, a children’s program, ample opportunities to mix with other singers, and mid-day Community Gathering times.

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Hindman Settlement School Family Folk Week - All week
P.O. Box 844
Hindman, Kentucky 41822

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Women in Traditional Music - Sheila Kay Adams, Jeanette Queen & Carol Rifkin "Down by the Riverside" - 3:00 - 5:00
315 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743
Hot Springs, NC 28743
Price: $15

Come join Adams, Queen & Rifkin for an afternoon of traditional music in beautiful Hot Springs, NC at the Hot Springs Spa and Resort. We promise you'll have a great time! 

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Ikebana International North American Regional Conference
Asheville, North Carolina

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Sheila Kay Adams - 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:15)
35 Church Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Price: $18 in advance for members and students $22 in advance for non-members $25 at the door for all

Few people embody such a depth of family and regional tradition, or represent it to the rest of the world with so much authority and affection, as Sheila Kay Adams. Adams is the seventh-generation bearer of her family's two-hundred-year-old ballad-singing tradition, and is the mother and teacher of the eighth generation. Her own teachers were her great-aunt Dellie Norton, cousin Cass Wallin, and other kinfolks in the Wallin, Chandler, Norton, Ramsey, and Ray families of Sodom, North Carolina, who have so long been admired by ballad singers and collectors. In 1998, folklorist Dan Patterson wrote in the North Carolina Folklore Journal that "These families have made Sodom famous, out of all proportion to its size." The tiny community is a giant in fostering the folk traditions of North Carolina.

After teaching in the North Carolina public schools for seventeen years, Adams now devotes her attention full-time to music and storytelling. One of the best-known living ballad singers in North Carolina, as well as a fine oldtime banjo player, she has recorded prolifically and performed at many dozens of venues and festivals in the United States and Great Britain. She performs and has recorded solo, as well as with her late husband Jim Taylor and other musical partners. Adams' talent has even caught the attention of Hollywood. She made a musical appearance in the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans, and was a technical advisor and singing coach for the movie Songcatcher.

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.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Merle Fest -
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Traditional ballads & banjo - 8:00 p.m.
1538 Laurel Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Women in Traditional Music - an evening with Sheila Kay Adams, Jeanette Queen & Carol Rifkin - 8:00 p.m.
743 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
(828) 575-2737
Price: Advance - $15 - At the door - $18


Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC
8:00 PM
$15 advance $18 at the door. General Admission. Limited tables and reserve seating available with dinner reservations. There will also be theater-style & balcony seating or standing available on a first come first serve basis. An evening with Sheila Kay Adams, Jeanette Queen & Carol Rifkin. Experience Mountain songs, stories, ballads, fiddle tunes, dance and history with these three nationally known, powerful performing artists. Soaring vocals, sweet harmonies, banjo, fiddle, guitar and feet create a lively and engaging show full of historic content and flat out fun. Both Adams and Rifkin performed with legendary NC fiddler Tommy Jarrell and his legacy shines through in their music and stories, both appeared in the movie "Songcatcher." Jeanette Queen’s powerful vocals and playing reprise her famed mother’s legacy. Their 30+ year friendship, engaging wit and the joy with which they embrace the music and culture is a sight to behold.
- All Ages Show -

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

13th Annual Tommy Jarrell Festival - All day...
142 N Main St, Mt Airy, NC 27030
Mt. Airy, North Carolina 27030
Price: Varies

Celebrating the Life and Music of Thomas Jefferson Jarrell 
March 1, 1901 - January 28, 1985
Tommy's Music ~ Forever...

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Swannanoa Solstice - 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 257-4512
Price: Tickets: Regular $38, Student $33, Child $15

December is a time for reflection, connection, and celebration — and for over a decade, the performers of A Swannanoa Solstice have been bringing warm merrymaking and quiet contemplation to Asheville audiences. Make your own holiday tradition with the seasonal music of award-winning recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock performing Celtic, Appalachian, Scots-Irish, and world influenced holiday music on guitars, mandolins, Appalachian dulcimer, Celtic Harp, bouzouki, piano, and world percussion. Complementing the headliners are special guest musicians, dancers, storytellers, and host Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering.

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Christmas on the Mountain - 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
52 North Market Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-8304
Price: $10.00

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Transylvaina County Library
Blue Ridge Christmas Show with Michael Reno Harrell & Sheila Kay Adams - 7:00 PM
Brevard, N.C.
828-884-3151 ext 3

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

The Strand Theatre
Blue Ridge Christmas Show with Michael Reno Harrell & Sheila Kay Adams - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
38 Main Street
Waynesville, NC

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The Strand Theatre
Blue Ridge Christmas Show with Michael Reno Harrell & Sheila Kay Adams - 7:45 PM
38 Main 2 sets - Thursday 7:45pm to 9:30pm
Waynesville, NC

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Michael Reno Harrell & Sheila Kay Adams will be performing their... Special Christmas Show - 3:00 - 5:00
105c Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-0816

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Michael Reno & Sheila Kay Adams will be performing their... Special Christmas Show - 2:00 - 5:00
36 Bridge Street
Marshall, NC 28753
(828) 545-1331
Price: $15/$10 for children or low income

September 15, 2013, 2:00 - 5:00

Sheila Kay Adams and Neal Hellman

Our own 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award winner, Sheila Kay Adams, will share the stage with Neal Hellman, nationally known (and treasured) mountain dulcimer player.

At the BridgeBack Studio, (former American Legion), behind the Post Office in downtown Marshall / up against the RR and River

Tickets are $15/$10 for children or low income. Door will open at 1:00. Seating is open - You could come pay, drape a jacket over your seat, and stroll the wee brick and stone town till music begins.

There will be 20 minutes of 'Floor Spots' before the concert proper. A floor spot is anyone who'd like to share a song - warm up the audience - it's a British folkie tradition. Sign up when you arrive.

You Must RSVP, here please, as seating is limited. I also suggest you BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow,) as most chairs are metal.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Folkart Center: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

5th Annual Marshall Handmade Market - 3:00:4:15
On the Island in Marshall
Marshall, NC 28753
Price: $15

Sheila will give a private performance in the MuseCycle Micro-Theater room #100 in the Marshall High Studios...a beautiful place to see Sheila in an intimate setting.  Only 40 seats are available so reserve your place with an RSVP to

Saturday, October 19th, 2013


Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Soiree at Kalamazoo
Soiree at Kalamazoo

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Friday, September 27th, 2013

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert


The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will be live streamed at with an archive available following the event. The NEA encourages you to gather together to watch the webcast and use this opportunity to share our nation's diverse folk and traditional arts with families and students. Viewers can share comments and photos on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAHeritage. You may also request copies of the concert program by 

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

2013 NEA Heritage Fellows

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Sheila Kay Adams Performs with Paul's Creek!

Sunday September 22nd at 1:00pm.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Sheila Kay Adams and Neal Hellman - 2:00-5:00
At the BridgeBack Studio (the former American Legion Hall) / behind the Post Office, up against the RR and River / downtown Marshall, at the corner of Bridge St and Back St.
Marshall, North Carolina
Price: $15.00

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