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Appalachian Polaroids (2011)

By Fifth House Ensemble

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Appalachian Polaroids was initially inspired by the controversial portrait photography of Shelby Lee Adams (b. 1950). I feel that his photographs often illuminate the quiet resilience of these remote mountain communities. This piece begins with a 1976 field recording of Sheila Kay Adams singing the popular folk song Black is the Color in Asheville, North Carolina. The quartet quietly enters as an integrated component of the recording, carrying with them remnants of Sheila’s own unique singing style. Recorded by the Aeolus Quartet in 2012.