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We’re making plans for a fun but safe 20th Cowan Creek Mtn Music School!:

After a recent CCMMS Advisory Board meeting, and motivated by a desire to keep our elders safe until more folks have been vaccinated, we have decided that CCMMS 2021 will take place online June 20th to 25th.

We know this isn’t the in-person gathering that we’ve all been hoping for, but our staff is working hard behind the scenes to put together a sweet and special week of classes, concerts, and ways to participate and get a little “taste of Cowan” no matter where you are. Our program will run the week of June 20-25 with classes, jams, workshops, and some fun games and prizes to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

Check back here soon for complete registration details and schedule! Stay tuned!

Carla Gover, Artistic Director
Stacy Dollarhide, Coordinator
Valerie Horn, Executive Director, Cowan Community Action Group, Inc.

We invite you to join us the last week of June for the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School!

Going on 20 years some of the country’s finest old-time musicians, and students of all ages and levels have gathered to celebrate our rich mountain heritage of lively tunes, heart-felt singing, spirited square dancing and storytelling.  In 2021 that gathering will be virtual, but we hope you will still catch the spark of community that brings Kentucky’s old time music to life. 

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or accomplished musician, eight years old or eighty, you’ll have the opportunity to dig deep into the rich repertoire of Kentucky music and gain experience playing with other musicians.  

Mountain music has been passed down through the generations as young learners listened to and played along with their older family members and neighbors. In keeping with this tradition, classes are taught in call and response, rather than written music.  Whatever your age or level, this will improve your ear for music and help you join in the fun of playing with other musicians from the get-go!

It’s a jam-packed week –  five full days of  online music classes for all levels. Each afternoon, we’ll be joined by masters of traditional music including fiddler Bruce Molsky , ballad singer ,and fiddler and luthier Art Mize.   In the afternoon, students can join virtual jam sessions. There will be a wide variety of afternoon workshops including beginning flat foot dancing, a virtual herb walk in the woods, storytelling and much more! In the evenings there will be live-streamed faculty concerts on Tuesday and Thursday, and a special concert of storytelling and song for kids on Wednesday.   

So, take a look round this website for information about classes, scholarships, and how to sign up! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Also a tip for using this website:  If you click on a tab, you will get the first page for that tab. But there may be much more!  Rest your pointer on the tab and you will see a drop down menu of more pages for some of the topics. Move your pointer down to the page you are interested in and double click on it. It may take a couple of tries.  And please let us know if there’s something you can’t find. Thanks! 

— Valerie Horn, Carla Gover, Stacy Dollarhide, and the rest of the staff and volunteers at the CCMMS

The Cowan Elementary School, Cowan Community Center and Appalshop are wheelchair accessible.  The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School is a family event; no alcohol, drugs, profanity or frowns are permitted. 

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