Instructor: Carla Gover

Carla Gover is a 7th-generation Kentucky musician, dancer, and songwriter.  Onstage, she sings, plays guitar, and showcases the rhythms of Appalachia through flatfooting and clawhammer banjo. Her performances include a mix of the traditional tunes she grew up with as well as her socially-conscious originals. She shares her passion with hundreds of students each year in schools throughout Kentucky, where she teaches Appalachian music, dance, and culture.  She has released 5 albums of music, and has toured nationally and internationally, performing at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Merlfest, and The Glasgow Royal Hall. She has won national awards for her songwriting, including Merlefest’s Chris Austin Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Award. Her most recent release with her band, Zoe Speaks, made it all the way to #1 on the National Folk DJ Chart. As a dancer, she learned the mountain styles of her home in Letcher County through attending community hoedowns as well as square dances at the renowned Carcassonne Community Center. She furthered her study of clogging, flatfooting, and American percussive dance as a performer in the well-known percussive dance ensemble Footworks, led by Eileen Carson Schatz. One of Carla's biggest banjo influences and teachers was Turkey Creek banjo icon, Lee Sexton, and she has performed and taught regularly with fellow Kentucky musicians Jesse Wells, Brett Ratliff, John Harrod, Don Rogers, and more. Carla has been a staff member of the Cowan Creek Mountain Music school for the past 13 years, where she has taught banjo, string band, and mountain singing.

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