Saro Lynch-Thomason: Multimedia Storyteller

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Saro is a ballad singer, folklorist, documentarian, illustrator, author and activist from Asheville, NC. Her passion for traditional music, people’s struggles and Appalachian traditions has called her to perform, teach and produce media that tell the stories and songs of America’s social history. Her distinct, powerful singing style transports audiences to Appalachian mountain hollers, 19th-century coal camps and old meeting houses. Combining music, narratives and multimedia, Saro delivers memorable and moving performances that bring people’s history, song and culture to life!

New Black Lung Organizing Song: “We Are Breathing as Best We Can.”

May Day Fundraiser: “Breathing as Best We Can” song for Black Lung Miners

Happy May Day friends! On this, International Workers' Day, I'm sharing an opportunity to honor the labor of our Appalachian friends and neighbors through a song! Specifically, I'm inviting you to

Thomas Rhymer Video & Magic in Ballads Workshop April 28th!

I'm co-teaching a really special workshop with Becky Beyer of Blood and Spicebush at the end of this month all about magic lore in folk song and balladry. Here's a

Yulefest 2018

In December I had the honor of working with several other amazing artists to produce Yulefest 2018 at the White Horse in Black Mountain. This event was a big celebration

A Look Back at Cullerlie

Hello all! I'm going to do my best to be updating this site more regularly in the future, as well as giving it a make-over in the next few weeks. 

Video of “More Waters Rising” from Women’s March

I just became aware of an awesome video of women singing an arrangement of "More Waters Rising" at a Women's March earlier this year in Richmond Virginia. Thanks to Jamie

New Audio Piece: My Family’s Lingering Civil War Ghosts

After two years of work, I've produced an audio piece called "Calling Out the Ancestors: My Family's Lingering Civil War Ghosts." This work has been a labor of love, I

August Ballad Workshops

I will be teaching several regional ballad and song workshops this August, including resistance songs, shaker songs and hollering! Dates, locations, and full descriptions of the workshops are provided below.

“More Waters Rising” in the Huffington Post

I'm honored by Dan Schatz's Huffington Post article about my song "More Waters Rising." You can read it (and watch my video) here! "More Waters" is, in essence, collaborative. It's inspired

“During the course of my more than 50 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician in Appalachia and the South, I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know some truly amazing artists, activists and scholars. As extraordinary as so many of them are, few are as impressive in all three areas as Saro Lynch-Thomason. She is simply one of the most gifted, creative, committed, conscientious, self-starting, hard-working people I’ve gotten to know over these years.” — Musician and Organizer Si Kahn
“Having been a singer of traditional Appalachian ballads for over 50 years, it’s hard for this old warhorse to get chills when I hear someone sing. But, Saro Lynch-Thomason is the exception.
Saro sings with an intensity and intonation that belies her age. There’s something ancient that lives inside Saro’s voice. She sings with heart and soul and people listen. I consider her the singer among singers of her generation.”
–Sheila Kay Adams, NEA National Heritage Fellow, 7th generation ballad singer
“I found (Saro) to be a highly accomplished singer of traditional songs/ballads, and an inspirational teacher and workshop leader…For someone who is comparatively young, she has an impressive knowledge and understanding of Appalachian and other related singing traditions, styles and repertoire. There is no doubting her drive and determination to extend this critical appreciation.”                                                                                   –Ian Russell, Professor Emeritus, University of Aberdeen

Saro is accepting requests for shows and workshops. Contact Saro today: [email protected]