The 11th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, June 25 – 29, 2012 will bring together some of this country’s finest old time musicians along with students of all levels, for a week of learning and fun. The school will offer courses in banjo (four levels) fiddle (four levels), beginning and lead guitar, harmony singing, old time stringband and Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class for kids ages 5 to 10 led by Erin Stidham and Amanda Wells.
Faculty will include fiddlers Jamie Wells, Betty Vornbrock, Jimmy McCown, Sarah Howard Montgomery, Anna Roberts–Gevalt and new this year, Nikos Pappas and Erynn Marshall. Banjo faculty include John Haywood, Jesse Wells, Scott Prouty and Randy Wilson. Singing duo Karly Dawn Higgins and Sarah Wood will teach string band and Carla Gover will teach harmony singing. Don Rogers and Ron Howard will teach guitar. Two optional afternoon classes are available: dulcimer led by Cari Norris and square dance calling led by Julie Shepherd Powell.
Students will enjoy in-class visits and afternoon performances by masters of traditional music Lee Sexton, Lewis & Donna Lamb and Jackie Helton. In the afternoon, students can join in jam sessions for all levels or a singers’ circle. Later in the afternoon there is a choice of workshops including the songs of Addie Graham led by Rich Kirby, Knott County banjo styles led by George Gibson, clogging, storytelling and more. Each evening faculty and students gather for a square dance or faculty concert.
The school is held at the Cowan Elementary School and the Cowan Community Center near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky. Instrument classes are open to kids age 11 and older and adults. Tuition is $175 for Kentucky residents and $225 for out-of-state students. Registrations are due by May 31st. For a complete schedule and registration information see the website www.cowancreekmusic.org or request a brochure by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (606) 633-3187.
The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is produced by the Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. with support from Appalshop, the Letcher County Board of Education and The Letcher County Tourism Council.