Songwriting & Storytelling

Jeri-Katherine Howell 2023Jeri Katherine Howell (Songwritingis a singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist from Franklin County, Kentucky who commands performances with her dynamic voice, thought-provoking lyrics, quality musicianship and joyful presence. She empowers students to creatively share their story and build an inclusive community that blossoms beyond the classroom. Since 2010, Jeri Katherine has taught songwriting for community groups, after school programs, universities and elementary to high schools, including as a teenager leading an afternoon songwriting workshop at CCMMS. She is an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council and Partners for Rural Impact Teaching Artist Rosters. Listen to her songs where music streams.

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Angie DeBord (Storytelling, Crankies & Ballads) 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.  Angie is also a visual artist whose paintings capture the wonder and joy of mountain life.  


Phoebe WagonerPhoebe Wagoner (Storytelling, Crankies & Balladsis from Nicholas County, Kentucky and was four years old when she first attended the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School with her father, fiddler David Wagoner.  Throughout the years, she has studied fiddle, banjo and guitar and learned how to make crankies from an afternoon workshop taught by Anna Roberts-Gevalt.  Phoebe currently attends college in New York City, where she performs with bluegrass and klezmer groups. She enjoys learning and sharing various folk art techniques of Appalachian and Jewish origin.




Our first new song “Divided We Fall” comes from faculty member Don Rogers.  And visiting master Sam Gleaves gives us “Welcome as the Flowers in May”. Have you written a new song in the last couple of years?  All music school faculty, teaching assistants and students are invited to share.

New songs from Larah Helayne, our 2019-2020 Charlie Whitaker Memorial Apprentice and teaching assisant Pierceton Hobbs.



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