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Three Arrows shoot out tunes

Youthful string band to perform at contra dance

POSTED: August 21, 2014 1:00 a.m.
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Three Arrows string band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the monthly contra dance in the historic gym at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. The band members are siblings and consist of Sarah Adams on mandolin, Etowah Adams on banjo and Selu Adams on fiddle.

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A trio of siblings will show off their abilities to pull and pluck their own strings, musically that is.

The Three Arrows string band will take centerstage at the monthly contra dance in the historic gym at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. They are the youngest musicians to play for a dance that has been part of the Sautee cultural scene for nearly 15 years. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at 283 Ga. 255 North in Sautee.

The three siblings have been playing old-time Appalachian music for almost seven years. The members are Sarah Adams on mandolin, Etowah Adams on banjo and Selu Adams on fiddle. The oldest, Sarah, is starting her junior year in high school.

The Adams siblings got their start in music through the Pick and Bow traditional music program in Dahlonega, an after-school program which provides instruction to hundreds of children since its inception seven years ago. The Three Arrows have performed at numerous events throughout Northeast Georgia, including the Crimson Moon music series and Strings n’ Things Coffee House in Dahlonega. The band recently won first place in the Old Time String Band contest at Stone Mountain, competing against musicians of all ages.

The Dahlonega-based Three Arrows will be joined by three “elder” musicians and a caller well-known to the Sautee community. The Elders are Ann Whitley on fiddle, Debbielee Whelchel on banjo and Joe Whelchel on stand-up bass.

Whitley, current director of the Pick and Bow Traditional Music School, has 30 years of experience in traditional music, both as an organizer of music camps and as a fine dance musician and recording artist. She performs nationally as a member of The Rosin Sisters. The Whelchels also are sought-after performers, both knowledgeable in bluegrass and old-time music. Debbielee Whelchel is a member of the Lilies of the Valley.

Walter Daves will be the caller for the evening. He is the organizer of the Learn and Contra dance program, which encourages the infusion of new dancers into the SNCA community. The series runs the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with live music by volunteer musicians for $4 per person.

The monthly Saturday night contra dance begins with a free introductory lesson at 7:30 p.m. followed by the dance from 8-11 p.m. No partner is needed.

Adult admission is $9 for nonmembers and $7 for SNCA members. Students receive a $5 discount, and youth 12 and younger are admitted for free.

For more information, visit or call Walter Daves at 706-754-3254.


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