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Published on April 24th, 2018 | by Brittain Thompson


Internationally-Known Fife Player Sharde Thomas Kicks Off Double Decker Saturday

Saturday, April 28
10:15 am

Sharde Thomas was born in North Mississippi in 1990 and is the granddaughter of the North Mississippi Fife & Drum Master, the late Otha Turner. Sharde was her grandfather’s heir of the mastery of the Fife & Drum at a young age. Sharde released her debut album in 2010 titled What Do I Do and released her sophomore album in 2013 titled Shawty Blues. Sharde has worked with greats like Eric Clapton, Bobby Rush, Cyndi Lauper, Mavis Staples, The Wandering, The North Mississippi All-Stars, and many others.

She is the lead vocalist and plays the Fife in the Rising Stars Fife & Drum band. The band performs a mixture of Folk, Blues, Pop, and Gospel music. The group has also traveled to Europe, Paris, New Orleans, Chicago, performed at the Blues Rules in Switzerland, performed at the 2017 Cognac Blues Passions and many, many more. The “Rising Stars Fife & Drum” released the Interlude in 2017. The “Rising Star Fife & Drum” music is featured in Super-Size Me, and Gangs of New York.

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Brittain is an associate editor of The Local Voice, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, MS.

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