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.

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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Jul8

Berea Craft Festival

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Indian Fort Theater, 2047 Big Hill Road, Berea, KY 40403

Berea's beautiful craft fair in the woods. I'll be strolling and picking all weekend, so come on out and nab some beautiful art in one of our favorite settings! SATURDAY I will perform with ZOE SPEAKS!

Aug20

LIVE on the Banks! with Zoe Speaks

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Smothers Park, 199 W Veteran's Blvd., Owensboro, KY 42303

FREE and open to the Public Overlook Stage at Smothers Park We will have a grand time playing beside the river in one of our favorite Kentucky cities! Won't you join us?

Sep11

Fall Arts Festival with Zoe Speaks

Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

This is an experiential arts festival – with opportunities to make art or experience & watch demonstrations of exciting new processes and techniques. All workshops are led by experienced artists. All ages and abilities are encouraged, absolutely no experience is needed to participate, just be ready to have FUN! Event is free, parking is $5.