Flat Foot dancing workshop with Carla Gover & CornMaiz String Band

If you like dancing, and want to learn the art of this unique style of dance, this is the workshop for you.

There are lots of musicians out there claiming to be “authentic,” but Carla Gover is more than that: she’s the real thang. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, she was exposed to all the ingredients that go into making a true Appalachian musician of the first order. Growing up in the rural coal town of Whitesburg, Carla's early years were filled with music. She was first immersed in the a capella hymn-singing of her grandmother, Ollie Gilbert Hudson (who also taught her herbalism, cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening, and many other things.) Later she absorbed the old-time banjo and fiddle at the dances on Saturday nights at the schoolhouse, the twang of local bluegrass festivals, and the soul of mountain church music. Her older brother also made a point of exposing her to great songwriters and singers of many genres, including the Beatles, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Tom Waits, and Dolly Parton. Like one of her mentors and inspirations, Jean Ritchie, Carla has a heart for both social justice and preserving the ancient tunes of the mountains, and combines both of these sensibilities in her music, her original songs, and her personable performances.

She is an award-winning singer-songwriter, with wins at the Kerrville Newfolk Festival, Merlefest’s Christ Austin Song Contest, and the Flatrock Festival Songwriting Contest.

In addition to her performing career, she has twenty-five years of experience as a teaching artist in Appalachian music and dance. Her ventures include educational performances, residencies and workshops, a variety of music and arts camps, and music festivals.

Carla performs solo on banjo and guitar, with a mix of original and traditional songs, and also brings additional musicians when a bigger sound is called for. She frequently adds some lively flatfoot dancing to the set, and gives audiences a sense that they have had a trip to the Appalachian Mountains.

Saturday, June 6th
2:00 pm
Westport Town Hall
Admission €10
Book now: http://westportfolkbluegrass.com/book-online

 

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