A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in Madison County, N.C., an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing that dates back to the early Scots/Irish and English settlers in the mid-17th century.

Adams, an accomplished clawhammer-style banjo player, learned to sing from her great-aunt, Dellie Chandler Norton, and other notable singers in the community.

She has performed at festivals, events, music camps and workshops throughout the country and the United Kingdon, including 1976 and 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals.

Adams was recently named as a 2013 recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. She written a collection of stories and a novel, and has recorded several albums of ballads, songs and stories. Adams appeared in the movies "The Last of the Mohicans," starring Daniel Day-Lewis and in "Songcatcher," starring Janet McTeer, for which she also served as technical adviser and singing coach.

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