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Sheila Kay Adams

1538 Laurel Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916
1538 Laurel Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916


  • Date(s): March 10, 2018 to March 10, 2018
  • Event Time(s): 8:00 PM
  • Price: $8-$13
  • Location: Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater

A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious National Heritage Award, Sheila Kay Adams comes over from Mars Hill, North Carolina. She learned many of her ballads from her great-aunt, Dellie Chandler Norton. Other influences include Cas Wallin, Inez Chandler, Vergie Wallin, Berzilla Wallin, Evelyn Ramsey and Dillard Chandler. Sheila is also an accomplished clawhammer banjo player and a fascinating storyteller. Sheila served as musical advisor and performed in the film Songcatcher and has produced two books and several CDs. The musical traditions of her family have been documented by the British scholar Cecil Sharp and in recordings such as the much admired compilation High Atmosphere.


Sheila Kay Adams