Kentucky Songstress, Dancer, & Inspiring Educator.

Carla Gover is a seventh-generation Kentuckian who hails from a small coal town in Eastern Kentucky, and her rural sensibilities permeate the work that she does and the music that she plays. The Old-Time Herald says, “Carla’s music contains the best elements of traditional Appalachian Music, including purity, intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery.” An award-winning singer-songwriter, she has covers by major artists as well as songs in film and documentary soundtracks.  She is the Artistic Director for the Cornbread & Tortillas Collective of Appalachian and Latino artists, and she was recently selected as a Master Artist in Traditional Flatfoot Dancing by the Kentucky Arts Council. She performs solo, with her band,  and also with the #1-charting folk band Zoe Speaks and is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.

LATEST NEWS

Singing my new Snowflake song at Women's March on Washington: Lexington! 

There was so much love in the crowd yesterday--the experience of playing for the Women's March will definitely always have a special place in my memory. It was such an honor to stand with so many determined brothers and sisters. If you weren't able to attend a march, and you're worried about our nation, take heart. We have a LOT of work to do, but the conviction (and numbers!) of the marchers gave me such hope. We can work together to make a better world, my friends, as we learn how to be effective in Frankfort, Washington, our local school boards, and beyond. And I'm happy to say you can now purchase my new song here on this website on the music tab!

Help us grow our festival! 

We are SO HONORED to have been selected to participate in the Louisville Fund For The Arts ArtsMatch grant program. From now until February 28 they will match DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR your totally tax-deductible donation to our project, which will culminate with a FREE FESTIVAL August 12th in Louisville, Kentucky.
Please consider putting your dollars toward UNITY and DIVERSITY at the donation page HERE:
DONATE TO CORNBREAD & TORTILLAS HERE

Cornbread & Tortillas wins a smARTY award! 

I want to thank and congratulate all the wonderful artists who came together, including the amazing Casa de la cultura hispana and Appalatin, to help create the first Cornbread & Tortillas event, for which we recently received this award from the Kentucky Arts Council for "using arts of all disciplines to explore the intersections between Latin American and Appalachian cultures and promoting cultural understanding." ¡Bien hecho! Coming soon to Louisville, KY!

Ongoing Work with "Cornbread & Tortillas" 

Cornbread & Tortillas, an artistic and cultural collaboration between songwriter/dancer Carla Gover, fusion band Appalatin, and other theater artists and dancers continues after a successful inaugural event in Lexington, KY this past August, presented in conjunction with Casa de la cultura hispana.

Cornbread & Tortillas is a storied journey of music and dance which explores the common ground between Appalachia and various Latin American cultures. In this multi-disciplinary theatrical performance, a small group of musicians, dancers, and storytellers from throughout the Americas come together to share their songs and stories of family, identity, work, play, love, heritage, sense of place, and spirit. This rich production features a diverse variety of instruments including banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Andean flutes, charango, congas, cajon, and more, as well as mountain-style flatfooting and percussive dance from Latin America. The idea that "We've all got a place at the table" is a primary theme for the piece, which seeks to emphasize through the metaphorical concept of a shared meal the idea that there is room for everyone to live together.

The following is an assortment of photos from the project as well as a sample of one of Appalatin's songs marrying Appalachian and Andean music. Look for more details coming soon!


Video by Appalatin:


Appalatin's Website!

Cornbread & Tortillas Cultural Celebration! 

I am so excited to announce the first of many events in the "Cornbread & Tortillas" project I have been working on with celebrated fusion band Appalatin, Casa de la cultura hispana, and many other amazing artists! It will be held on Saturday, August 13th, and will take place at a series of venues on the Southland Drive Corridor in Lexington, KY!
All daytime events are free, and admission to the evening show is only $5.
The event is family-friendly, and will feature music, crafts, dancing, food, stories, and more. Trump wants to build a wall but we want to build bridges! Come and join us for the celebration and for our very first concert together at Willie's Locally Known, where we will present our brand-new work-in-progress.

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

Workshopes/Talleres (held in front of Southland Perk Coffeehouse and Good Foods Co-op)
1:00 Bilingual sing-along/canciones bilingües
2:00 How to make/ Como hacer Cornbread & Tortillas
2:30 Old-Time Jam Session/sesión improvisada
2:45 Hammock-Making/Taller de hamacas
3:30 Appalachian Clogging/ Baile folklórico
4:00 How to make/Como hacer Cornbread & Tortillas
4:30 Andean Instruments/Instrumentos andinos
5:00 Drumming/tambores
5:30 Storytelling/Cuentacuentos
6:00 Herbs for Health/Yerbas para la salud
7:00 PM Concert with Zoe Speaks, Appalatin, and el grupo Baile folclórico de la casa de la cultura hispana

Southland Perk is located at 472 Southland Drive and Good Foods Co-op at 455 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY
 

Hindman Family Folk Week! 

I have been wanting to teach at this camp tucked away in the hills of Knott County, Kentucky for at least 20 years, and at last I will have my chance. I'll be teaching old-time guitar and a bit of flatfooting and clogging, and am sooo excited to spend time with so many amazing people that I love (and the new friends I have yet to meet!) If you want a relaxing yet inspiring getaway, please consider joining me and the rest of the lovely souls who'll be passing time singing, making music, porch-sitting, and generally taking a break from the crazy lives we all lead! For complete details visit Hindman Family Folk Week

Casa de la cultura and Cornbread & Tortillas Fundraiser! 

You could feel the magic in the air last night, as artists from all around Kentucky converged in support of the wonderful cultural arts organization Casa de la cultura hispana and the new project we are embarking on together--the creation of a multi-disciplinary theatrical work showcasing the cultural connections between Kentucky and Latin American traditions and art forms. The Grupo de danza folklórica demonstrated a traditional dance from Vera Cruz, Brett Ratliff showed some primitive East Kentucky banjo/ballad traditions, Zoey Raven brought some Kentucky fiddling and bass playing, and members of Appalatin added Andean flutes, cajon, and guitar with a Latin flair. Audience response was high when Jorge Luis Ruiz sang the traditional Mexican corrido "El Rey"! The room was full of celebration and appreciation--what better way to learn about each other, and how to live in harmony, than through singing and dancing? We have many more Cornbread & Tortillas events planned, including ongoing dance classes in Appalachian Clogging and Folklórico-Style Mexican Dance, a festival in Lexington, KY, and performances, workshops, and work creation at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY!

Cornbread & Tortillas! 


Watch for upcoming details about an exciting new series of multicultural projects, performances, workshops, and more, entitled Cornbread & Tortillas, which weave together stories, music, and dance from Kentucky's cultural heritage and that of various Latino cultures living in Kentucky! A host of talented artists will be joining our cast, including banjoist Brett Ratliff, songwriter/activist Jeri Katherine Howell, actor/singer Jorge Luis Ruiz, folklórico dancer Paulina Vazquez, and fusion band Appalatin (last two artists pictured below!)

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Jun30

Carla Gover at Singing Bird Art Reception

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Kentucky Artisan Center, 200 Artisan Way, Berea, KY 40403

The KY Artisan Center in Berea is hosting an exhibit of the the work of artists and musicians instructing in the Festival of Learnshops and Singing Bird Music School this summer. The exhibit will run June 30-Oct. 14 with a nice, catered reception the afternoon of June 30, where I'll be playing some old and new mountain music. Join us!