Guitar & Dulcimer


Linda Jean with guitarLinda Jean Stokley (Beginning Guitar) is a native of Woodford County, Kentucky and is a versatile multi-instrumentalist. She is a graduate of Morehead State University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Music.  After graduating she was awarded a Kentucky Folklife Apprenticeship with master fiddler, Jesse Wells. She has worked in the archives at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and drawn much of her repertoire from regional fiddle and banjo players. She performs widely with Montana Hobbs as The Local Honeys.  Their most recent release is The Gospel.

Karly Dawn Milner B&WKarly Dawn Milner (Beginner Guitar) from Rowan County, Kentucky, began playing old time music with Jesse Wells, after years of studying classical music in voice and cello, and playing gospel and country music regionally.  She performs with the Clack Mountain String Band and as a duo with Sarah Wood.  Karly Dawn can be heard on Appalachia: Music from Home, Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook and Clack Mountain String Band Live. With a special penchant for teaching music to children, she spent many years working as the outreach musician for the Kentucky Folk Art Museum.


don rogersDon Rogers (Advanced Guitar)  has deep roots in Kentucky old time music. His grandfather and great uncles recorded on the Gennet label in the 1930s as the Kentucky String Ticklers. Don is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer who performs He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer who performs with The Local Honeys, Marble Creek Rangers, and his band The Apostlebillies. In addition to his passion for old Kentucky fiddle tunes, Don is also a songwriter whose work can be heard on several solo projects including his latest June Appal record, The Tiny Thread.  Don’s song “I’m a Kentuckian” is fast becoming a new state anthem.  Take a listen:

SarahKateDulcimer'22Sarah Kate Morgan (Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Dulcimer) Inspired by a dulcimer built by her grandfather, Tennessee-born Sarah Kate has been playing dulcimer since she was 7 years old. She went on to place 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships at Winfield, Kansas at the age of 18. She is also a talented singer and songwriter whose style reflects and honors life in southern Appalachia. She has performed and/or recorded with roots music giants such as Tyler Childers, Alice Gerrard, and Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones. Having achieved degrees in Traditional Music, Appalachian Studies, and Arts Administration from Morehead State University, her work centers on a lived belief that art and tradition are living, breathing tools that foster hope, build community, and create change.


Don’t wait until Cowan Creek Mtn Music School 2023 to learn some new tunes!  Check out the instructional videos below: 

For beginners, Don Rogers gets you started on old time rhythm guitar. 

Don Rogers teaches country blues finger-picking for advanced guitar students:

Don Rogers teaches flatpicking lead on a great Snake Chapman tune in G.

Sarah Kate Morgan teaches two beginning mountain dulcimer tunes. From Sarah:  I’ve made a Dropbox folder that has the mtn dulcimer tablature for the two tunes I taught for folks if they want to print them out.  The link is

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