Come experience an Old-time party, featuring stories, ballads, banjo, fiddle and flatfooting. These three artists were recently chosen for South Arts Folk and Traditional Master Artist Fellowships. Doors open at 1:30 pm
A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and claw-hammer banjo player, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County, North Carolina. She is a North Carolina and National Heritage award winner, raised in an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of unaccompanied singing of traditional southern Appalachian ballads that dates back to the early Scots/Irish and English Settlers in the mid-17th century. She learned to sing from her great-aunt Dellie Chandler Norton and other notable singers in the community. She taught in North Carolina public schools for seventeen years before turning to full-time music and storytelling.
Bethel native and Haywood County, N.C. resident, Travis Stuart is a banjo player who has been performing old time music rooted in Western North Carolina for over twenty years. The backbone of bluegrass, old time string band music carries a legacy that is inescapable, and from his earliest days growing up, Stuart was steeped in that legacy. Brought up in a rich musical community and family, Stuart learned to play banjo from local musicians like Avery County’s Red Wilson. Playing his great-uncle Austin Stanley’s banjo, Stuart has mastered a local old time style and shared it around the United States and Europe, touring and recording alongside his twin brother, Trevor, who passed away in 2016.
Rodney Sutton is the director and host for Mountain Home Music. He is the former director of the Green Grass Cloggers and co-founder of the dance troupe, the Fiddle Puppets, now known as Footworks. Rodney is a master at flatfooting which is the original clogging style of the southern Appalachians. His passion for traditional dance and music goes deep. He had a long and wonderful friendship with Robert Dotson of Watauga County whose “walking step” has become a touchstone for traditional dancers. Rodney is in demand all over the country as a dancer, caller, teacher and performer. Mountain Home Music is honored to have him as leader. He will use the fellowship he has won to travel to the west coast of Ireland to share and to learn from those who do the free style Irish dancing which preceded the current choreographed Irish Step Dancing.