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 performs regularly with the folk trio Zoe Speaks and is active in community building, multi-disciplinary arts projects throughout Kentucky.

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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Previous events

Jun25

Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

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Cowan Community Center, Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, KY

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

May26

Pioneer Salt Works Festival w/Zoe Speaks

Pioneer Village, Manchester, KY

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.

Mar16

Cornbread & Tortillas w/Appalatin

Leavitt Amp Concert Series, Mountain Heritage Stage Downtown, Whitesburg, KY

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!

Feb20

Arts Day in Frankfort w/Yani Vozos

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This is an event hosted by the KAC in Frankfort---details coming soon!

Cornbread & Tortillas Keynote Presentation

Dumplins & Dancin', 56 Education Lane, Hindman, KY 41822

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/

Aug12

Cornbread & Tortillas Festival

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Americana World Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214

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!

Jun19

Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

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Cowan Community Center, 81 Sturgill Branch, Whitesburg, KY 41858

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

Jun5

Appalachian Family Folk Week

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Hindman Settlement School, 56 Education Lane, Hindman, KY 41822

I am so excited about this family-friendly getaway! I'll be teaching old-time flatfooting and, for the first time ever, "Granny Life Skills 101", where we'll quilt, can, sing, and learn how to take care of ourselves the Appalachian way! A whole heap of awesome classes are offered--check it out: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/family-folk-week/