We always love performing for Kentucky students, and we fell in love with this little school in Louisville, tucked into a pocket of trees and filled with art, music, and conscious children and teachers! We danced, sang, and heard a few Jack Tales from Mitch!
Original roots music from the heart of Kentucky.
Zoe Speaks consists of Kentuckians Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, (and for larger shows, fiddler/vocalist Zoey Barrett and multi-instrumentalist Arlo Barnette) who draw on their deep roots in the region to put their own spin on everything from traditional ballads to finely-crafted originals. A smooth, mellow instrumental mix lays the background for the close vocal harmonies that are a defining feature of their sound. A veritable songwriting powerhouse, their awards include songwriting wins at Telluride Bluegrass Fest, Merlefest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville Folk Fest, among others. A staple on the Kentucky music scene for over a decade with three successful CDs under their belt, they are back together and set to release a new album this summer. They accompany themselves on guitar, claw hammer banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dulcimer and clogging feet.
Berea Summer Craft Festival
Visit the beloved festival under the trees, with food, music, and crafts galore! https://www.bereacraftfestival.com
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School (Carla & Zoey)
The annual blessed time of music-making and friendship in beautiful Letcher County. Carla will be teaching Intermediate Banjo, and there'll be nightly concerts and square dances, and AWESOME kids program, and a whole lot of love! The camp is very affordable--learn more and sign up here: http://cowancreekmusic.org/
Cornbread & Tortillas w/Appalatin
Stay tuned for more details about this extravaganza of an evening, starting off with our collaborative production showing connections between Appalachia and Latin America via music, dance, and stories, entitled Cornbread & Tortillas. We'll finish the evening with sets from Zoe Speaks and Appalatin, the two bands who collaborated to create the project!
Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert
This free concert will be fun for all ages and all are welcome! www.scottpublib.org
Pioneer Salt Works Festival
We are tickled to play near Carla's beloved Redbird River, in the county where she is related to most of the population! Zoe Speaks: 1 PM Clogging Workshop: 2:45 Storytelling Workshop: 3:30
Derby Breakfast Celebration
We are proud to play for the good people of the Commonwealth, on the Old Capitol Lawn in downtown Frankfort. Come and get some free breakfast, and we'll pick you a few, followed by the talented young Webb Twins on fiddle and banjo! We promise to elevate the vibe in Frankfort---won't you join us?
Zoe Speaks @ Kentucky Crafted
Crafts, food, and music galore, and we're sharing another set with Appalatin, all for one low admission fee! Details: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Showcasing/2018Market.htm
Zoe Speaks and Appalatin!
We will break it down for you from A to Z...Appalatin's fusion sounds of Latin and Appalachian vibes, and Zoe Speaks' mountain-tinged originals. Whether you say frolic or fiesta, we're gonna have a good old time! Tickets here: https://willieslocallyknown.com/events/appalatin-zoe-speaks-2/
Zoe Speaks @ The Coffee Pot Concert Series
This will be a fun show with the trio....for complete details visit www.centerforarts.net
Zoe Speaks Lunchtime Concert
Join us for this free lunchtime concert series in a lovely space on the UK campus---all are welcome!
Carla in "In These Fields"
The Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music presents IN THESE FIELDS: a folk opera by Silas House and Sam Gleaves. Starring Jairis Carter, Sam Gleaves, Carla Gover, Silas House, Jason Howard, Deborah Payne and Brett Ratliff. Union Church, 200 Prospect St, Berea, KY 40403. Free and open to the public, donations will be accepted to benefit the Berea College Loyal Jones Appalachian Center and Union Church.
Cornbread & Tortillas Festival
Zoe Speaks collaborates with Appalatin and the Louisville Fund For The Arts and many other talented artists to bring you this diverse, fun, FREE festival for the whole family! All are welcome.
Zoe Speaks Concert
This will be an intimate concert at Goodwood Brewing. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase early as the event is expected to sell out! For more information visit http://goodwood.beer/event/zoe-speaks-live-at-goodwood-brewing
Zoe Speaks Family Show
Bring the whole family for this fun show at the beautiful, historic Grand Theater in downtown Frankfort!
Zoe Speaks at Berea Craft Fair
As usual, we will be strolling and playing from 11-5 each day at one of Kentucky's most lovely craft fairs, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains in Berea, KY.
Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
This amazing week of learning in Carla's hometown is a must-attend for lovers of old-time Kentucky music. She'll teach singing and songwriting, and there are also classes in banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, singing, old time string band, and storytelling! For more information, visit: www.cowancreekmusic.org
Hindman Family Folk Week
Carla will be teaching her Granny Life Skills class as well as flat footing at this amazing week of music and fellowship nestled in the mountains of EKY, while Mitch is on the road making some music out west. If you want to really unplug and have some relaxed time with your family, this is the week for you! https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/family-folk-week/