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May 2005
Sheila Kay Adams 
Appalachian Ballads and Stories
Calliope Concert Series:
Saturday, May 14
8 PM
Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland (Pittsburgh)
$25 (advance) $27 (door) $12 (students w/ID)

Sheila Kay Adams comes from a small mountain community in western North Carolina . For seven generations her family has maintained the tradition of passing down the English, Scottish, and Irish ballads that came over with her ancestors in the late 1700's. As authentic as it gets, she is a singer, teller of raucous tales, banjo player, novelist, composer and a first class performer. 

As stated by Richard Thompson, a previous director for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, “Sheila’s ability to listen and communicate via the oral or written word is superb...Her understanding of the Appalachian mountain life, people, and social fabric - the subject of her performances - has a universal appeal and touches all of us...even those not from the area.”

"Sheila Kay Adams is the real article - a storyteller in the true sense - someone whose words, whether in song or story, tell us about who she is and where she’s from. Her traditional ballads go hand in hand with her songs and stories of her own life, like they’re of the same cloth. They are. When Sheila does her work, I imagine the mountains breathe a little easier, knowing there’s someone out there speaking for them."
—Bill Harley, Songs & Stories for Everybody

For more background on Sheila Kay Adams, visit her website:
Since 1976, Calliope has been a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts. Calliope programs include:
Calliope Concerts Series: Traditional and Contemporary Folk and Roots Music
- The best national and international folk music talent in a 600-seat concert hall.

Calliope Emerging Legends Concerts - Calliope collaborates with the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh to present great music in a superb venue. The wonderful musicians in this series also lead workshops, sharing their musical expertise.

Calliope Coffeehouse Concerts - The best regional folk music talent in a 100-seat venue.

Calliope School of Folk Music, Dance, and Crafts - Classes taught by the best folk artists in western Pennsylvania. Summer Festivals - Calliope partners with other organizations in support of outdoor festivals, referring national and local talent, and presenting workshops and jam sessions.