Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle singing the ballad 'Lord Bateman' with a crankie they made.
Credit Laura Candler

Anna and Elizabeth play music and tell the story of their crankies.

When traditional Appalachian musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt first showed ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.

“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling.

Read more
Thistle and Shamrock
6:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Sheila Kay Adams - 7th Generation Ballad Singer From North Carolina

Sheila Kay Adams
Courtesy of the artist

For seven generations her family has passed down English, Scottish and Irish ballads that crossed the Atlantic with their ancestors in the 1700s. Join Fiona and an intimate audience at the Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week to enjoy Appalachian ballads and stories of a unique singer, author, tradition bearer and cultural treasure: Sheila Kay Adams.

State of Things
1:28 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

The Swannanoa Gathering

Swannanoa Gathering
Credit www.swangathering.com

In 1991, the campus of Warren Wilson College outside Asheville, North Carolina hosted the first Swannanoa Gathering. From dulcimer workshops to Celtic music traditions, the multi-week, summer intensive featured instruction on just about all aspects of folk art. The first Gathering drew just under a hundred people. Now more than 1,000 flock to Warren Wilson College annually to participate in the program. Jim Magill, director of The Swannanoa Gathering, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how the small folk culture series grew into a state tradition that draws iconic artists like Janis Ian, Tom Paxton and Patty Larkin to the mountains of North Carolina.

Read more