Carla Gover (Singing Old & New Songs) is a Letcher County native who first learned banjo from Lee Sexton and mountain singing from her grandmother. Since earning a degree in Appalachian Studies from UK, she has pursued a career as a dancer, songwriter and musician. She performs with the band Zoe Speaks, and her original music has been featured in documentaries, film, and television. She has won numerous songwriting awards, including Merle Fest’s Chris Austin Contest. Through her music and teaching, Carla seeks to change stereotypes about Appalachia and celebrate the strengths of mountain culture.
Angie Debord (Storytelling) was born and raised in western North Carolina in an extended family she credits as the inspiration for her work as playwright, storyteller and artist. She performed for 21 years with Appalshop’s Roadside Theater. Among her many performance credits are Lincoln Center, Cornell University, the International Children’s Festival in Seattle, and the London International Festival of Theaters. She has performed and taught storytelling at Augusta, Swannanoa, the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference and the University of Iowa.
Sarah Wood (Old Time String Band) is an old time banjo player and ballad singer from Greenup County. She teaches at Nicholas County High School and is an instructor at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music were she teaches individual lessons and leads vocal and introductory ensembles. Sarah plays overhand and two-finger style banjo which she learned from Jesse Wells. She was recognized as a Kentucky Historical Society Banjo Master in 2009. Vocally, Sarah specializes in the ballads of Appalachia, Britain, and Ireland. She has performed across the state and as far away as Ireland and China.