Folksinger Adam Miller to perform at library

Staff report

February 19, 2014

Folksinger Adam Miller will perform a free concert at the Mount Airy Public Library on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Miller is a folksinger, storyteller, musicologist, folklorist, and song-collector, with a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs.

Miller sings with a baritone voice accompanied by his finger-picking style acoustic guitar and autoharp, playing traditional folk songs and ballads that evoke a time when that type of entertainment was passed down in families and enjoyed at home.

He is known for interweaving folk songs and the stories behind the songs, including connections between events in history and the songs that survived. Miller travels around 70,000 miles each year, a kind of 21st century troubadour, performing in concert halls all over the world.

“I have always had a great interest in how folk songs travel through history, and how history travels through folk songs,” he explained.

Miller has recorded six cds, including “When the River Ran Backward: Adventures in Folksong,” “Buttercup Joe: Timeless Ballads and Folksongs,” “Bare Fingers - The Solo Autoharp Artistry of Adam Miller,” “The Orphan Train and other Reminiscences,” “Wild Birds,” and “Along Came a Giant - Traditional American Folk Songs for Young People.”

For more information about the concert, call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.

Visit Adam Miller’s website at