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Three Arrows / Bio

Sarah, the mandolin player, is the eldest sister at 13. She was born in Japan, and her name actually comes from her Japanese name, Seira (inspired from the animation, Sailor Moon) and it means Good Star (Hoshi ni Yoi). Etowah, the banjo player, is the elder brother at 12. He was born in Japan too; and, although he shares the same name as the river that flows by the family farm, it's Japanese significance is that we were able to incorporate his grandfather's name Noboru (Climber) in representing the three syllables, E--TO--WAH, Great Climber in Harmony. Selu is the little sister at 11. She was born in Georgia and takes her name from her great-great-great Grandmother in Oklahoma, who was a Cherokee. Selu is the Corn Mother, kind of like Eve is the mother of Agriculture in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition. In Japanese, Selu (Sekai/Rubi means Shining World. The kids interest in traditional music has Southern Appalachian and Japanese roots as well. While their father, Joe, taught English and World History in Japan, he would bring along his mountain dulcimer and banjo to play for the kids. He met a lot of great old-time and bluegrass musicians over there that made him realize that music does not belong to any one country. The kids have been listening to all genres of music from around the world since since before they were born. Living and going to school in Lumpkin County, Georgia, though, gives them a certain bias toward Old-Time music, especially thanks to the traditional music program in the public schools called the Georgia Pick-and-Bow Program which provides affordable, and free if in need, music lessons to kids in the area. Great musician-teachers like John Grimm, Geoff Howald, Jim White, Curtis Jones, Jason Kenney, and Ann Whitney have been big factors in the kids success in learning playing and performing basics. Other musicians in the community like Rick Harris (the leader of the Jazz band, Mad Romance), Sonny Houston, and our neighbors Tom Lamb, James Lambert, and David Heinbach, have helped the kids too.

General Info

Band Members
Selu Adams- Fiddle/Vocals, Sarah Adams- Mandolin/Vocals, Etowah Adams- Banjo/Harmonica/Saxophone/Vocals
Artist Name
Three Arrows
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Active Since
Folk / World/Bluegrass/Old Time / Good Music!

Contact Info

Dahlonega, GA