Interested in attending (or hiring) a live performance, workshop, or residency with me?

Scroll on for a complete list of available projects/shows, and a current calendar of scheduled events. 

My performances and collaborations


This lively show is filled with Jack tales, participation stories, sing-alongs, clogging, tunes on banjo, dulcimer, and guitar and a lot of information about traditions in the mountains.

This is great for schools that wish to expose children to many art forms in one performance.

This is a very fast-paced, participatory show and can hold the attention of all ages. 2-3 performers, 45-55 minutes.

Appalachian Heritage Variety Show

This diverse show consists of two artists from Appalachia and two of Latinx heritage, and is a mix of Appalachian, Andean, and Mexican music, dance, and stories.

Students will see and hear instruments such as the banjo, Appalachian Dulcimer, guitar, charango, zampoñas and quenas (Andean flutes), various drums, and rhythms made by dancing feet.

Students will hear traditional songs of Mexico, Kentucky, and Ecuador, sung in English and Spanish. They will see and compare flatfoot dancing from Appalachia and several styles of colorful Ballet Folklórico from Mexico.

Appalachia to the Andes

The Old-Time Herald says, "Carla's music contains the best elements of traditional Appalachian Music, including purity, intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery."

During her solo show, she sings, plays guitar, and showcases the rhythms of Appalachian through clogging and clawhammer banjo.

Her performances include a variety of traditional tunes, ancient ballads, and songs she penned herself, which speak to issues both timeless and contemporary.

Carla Solo

This band draws on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted originals.

Close harmonies are a defining feature of their sound, and while their music is drenched in the flavor of the mountain music they grew up with, they skirt the cutting edge of tradition.

Their music follows in the tracks of socially conscious Kentucky writers like Jean Ritchie and John Prine, with a distinctly progressive bent.

Zoe Speaks

This dynamic bilingual production features stories, music, and dancing.

Audiences will journey from the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky to Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and beyond, exploring connections and celebrating our shared human experience all the while!

Cornbread & Tortillas

A nouveau old-time family string band featuring original music, traditional, tunes from Eastern Kentucky, and fun covers.

Performances also include traditional Appalachian flat-footing and clogging.

CornMaiz String Band


Showcasing the best of Kentucky

A Bilingual Folk Opera

Original roots music from the heart of Kentucky

Kentucky Songstress

Bilingual School Assembly

School Assembly

Upcoming Events

- Jennifer Malan, Jenkins Independent District Arts Coordinator

“Carla is a treasure! How can one woman have so many talents? She sings, plays, and writes her own music, dances, tells tales, and has a wealth of knowledge of Appalachian culture.

If you have a chance to work with her, don't let it pass you by!” 

'If you have a chance to work with Carla, don't let it pass you by!'

- Jeffrey Jamner, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

'Some of Kentucky’s most superb dancers and musicians'

“Cornbread & Tortillas is a winning program that celebrates and connects Appalachian and Latino cultures through the remarkable artistry of some of Kentucky’s most superb dancers and musicians.”

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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.

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