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Wordstage on WNCW: Sheila Kay Adams - The Farmer's Cursed Wife

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It’s Wordstage, a celebration of the fascinating world of storytelling featuring the very best storytellers, ballad singers and spoken word artist.

Sheila Kay Adams is a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and claw-hammer banjo player from the Sodom Laurel community of Madison County, North Carolina with family ties to the Wallin’ and Chandler families, both branches of which are renowned for their Appalachian musical heritage. Learn more about her at .

The Farmer's Curst Wife is a Child ballad number 278, also known as ‘The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife’; an Irish ballad about shrewish wife that terrifies the devil and his family. It has been recorded by Pete Seeger ,  Jean Ritchie , Tim O’Brien and Patrick Sky. From the CD, What Ever Happened to John Parrish’s Boy.

Originally aired on 1/30/21 and 1/31/21