I'm happy to announce that my apprentice, Susan Howell, and I have received a Folk & Traditional Arts Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, where I'll be sharing some flatfoot dance traditions from the mountains with her over the course of the next year---the FIRST-EVER award for traditional percussive dance! Photo by Zoey Raven.
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.
Zoe Speaks CD Release Concert & Party
We can't wait to celebrate the release of WINGS with you all in a lovely and intimate venue in downtown Lexington. Doors open at 6:30--come and have some locally-sourced food and craft drinks, then hear the tunes from the new album at 7:30! All ages are welcome--come fly with us! Buy tickets here at the button underneath the event info: https://zoespeaksmusic.com/shows
Fall Festival (with Zoe Speaks)
Join us for this free, family-friendly, art-full festival in the lovely rolling hills outside of Frankfort, KY! We go on at 4 PM, but be sure to check out the entire lineup of awesome music and activities: https://josephinesculpturepark.org/events-programs/fall-arts-festival/
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
Come join this small, close-knit group that gathers in my home county every year to celebrate our rich mountain heritage of lively tunes, heart-felt singing, spirited square dancing and storytelling. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or accomplished musician, eight years old or eighty, you’ll have the opportunity to dig deep into the rich repertoire of Kentucky music and gain experience playing with other musicians. I'll be teaching Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo. To register: www.cowancreekmusic.org
Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert
This free concert will be fun for all ages and all are welcome! www.scottpublib.org
Pioneer Salt Works Festival w/Zoe Speaks
We are tickled to play near Carla's beloved Redbird River, in the county where she is related to most of the population! Times and workshops tba.
Food + Art + Health Conference
Yani Vozos and I will give a presentation on our project Cornbread & Tortillas at this innovative new conference! Registration is FREE! Visit the site for more details: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Vibrant/FoodArtHealth.htm
Cornbread & Tortillas w/Appalatin
Stay tuned for more details about this extravaganza of an evening, starting off with our collaborative production showing connections between Appalachia and Latin America via music, dance, and stories, entitled Cornbread & Tortillas. We'll finish the evening with sets from Zoe Speaks and Appalatin, the two bands who collaborated to create the project!
Arts Day in Frankfort w/Yani Vozos
This is an event hosted by the KAC in Frankfort---details coming soon!
Zoe Speaks and Appalatin!
We will break it down for you from A to Z...Appalatin's fusion sounds of Latin and Appalachian vibes, and Zoe Speaks' mountain-tinged originals. Whether you say frolic or fiesta, we're gonna have a good old time! Tickets: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/appalatin-zoe-speaks-2/
Women's March Anniversary Rally
I'm excited to stand with SHEROES in support of equal rights for women and ALL people at this event in downtown Lexington, and lead some songs of RESISTANCE!
Cornbread & Tortillas Keynote Presentation
This will be an AMAZING WEEKEND of food, dance, and community in a very special spot near where Carla grew up. Yani, Paulina, and Carla will share more about what C&T is doing, and perform excerpts from the show. To register, visit: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/dumplins-dancin/
Zoe Speaks @The Coffee Pot Concert Series
This will be a fun show with the trio....for complete details visit www.centerforarts.net
Zoe Speaks @Appalachia In The Bluegrass
This will be a free lunchtime concert with the trio! https://www.as.uky.edu/tag/appalachia-bluegrass
In These Fields @ Berea Celebration of Traditional Music
I can't wait to perform this Folk Opera by Silas House and Sam Gleaves again, at the venerated Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music. Details here: https://www.berea.edu/appalachian-center/ctm-schedule/
From Appalachia to the Andes
We are excited to perform for the Boyd County Hispanic Heritage Fiesta!
Cornbread & Tortillas Festival
A celebration of Kentucky and Latino Cultures! Una celebración de culturas latinas y kentuckianas. Visit this festival for crafts, workshops, dancing, food, music, jamming, and fun for the whole family, followed by the debut performance of the new work featuring Appalatin, Zoe Speaks, and more at 7 PM! Everything is FREE! Visita el festival para artesanías, talleres, baile, comida, música, y un concierto a las 7. ¡Todo es GRATIS!
Come with your young'uns and we'll all sing and have a big time! Free and open to the public.
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
This amazing week of learning in my hometown is a must-attend for lovers of old-time Kentucky music. I'll teach singing and songwriting, and there are also classes inbanjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, singing, old time string band, and storytelling! For more information, visit: www.cowancreekmusic.org