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 selected as a Master Artist in Traditional Flatfoot Dancing by the Kentucky Arts Council. She performs regularly with the #1-charting folk band Zoe Speaks and is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.

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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Feb7

Carla Gover with Appalachia to the Andes

Hawthorne Elementary School, Louisville, KY

We'll take our bilingual music, dance, and stories to Louisville's Spanish Immersion School!

Feb9

The Lexington Old Time Gathering

ArtsPlace, 161 N Mill, Lexington, KY

Carla and Paulina Vazquez will teach a class on Mexican and Appalachian Folk Dance at The Lexington Gathering. Plan to come for the whole event, and learn more about schedule and tickets at the link below. The Gathering is a four-day winter music festival bringing Kentucky's traditional arts to the Commonwealth's largest epicenter. We welcome hundreds of visitors from across the country into this bucolic, walkable downtown for a weekend featuring the “old masters” of traditional mountain music; dance callers from throughout the state; performances by accomplished and emerging string bands; youth workshops and performances; academic presentations; jamming for all skill levels; dance, singing, and instrument workshops; literary readings; instrument and art vendors; and some of our finest farm-to-table eating experiences.

Feb16

Zoe Speaks House Concert @ McCain's

Columbus, OH

This is a house concert with my band at an amazing home venue, hosted by our friends Thom and Jan. They aren't allowed to sell tickets since it's in their home, but rather operate on a system of "suggested donation". To receive an invite with directions, please email Thom to request one at: thommccain@gmail.com