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Cowan Creek Mountain Music School


  • Cowan Community Center 81 Sturgill Branch Whitesburg, KY, 41858 United States (map)

Join us for one of the most magical events in the mountains!

“It’s a small, close-knit group that gathers here each year—some of the country’s finest old-time musicians, and students of all ages and levels – to celebrate our rich mountain heritage of lively tunes, heart-felt singing, spirited square dancing and storytelling.

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 with five full days of music classes for all levels. Each afternoon, we’ll be joined by masters of traditional music: Harlan County’s a cappella gospel singers, the Mt. Sinai Spirituals,  Lewis County fiddler Roger Cooper and our 2019 Master-in-Residence, banjoist Sue Massek. In the afternoon, students can choose between jam sessions for all levels, including a youth jam. There will be a wide variety of afternoon workshops including beginning flat foot dancing, singing at the Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church, fiddle, banjo and ukulele from scratch, shape-note singing and much more! And don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawn into the magic of our Roving Storyteller Randy Wilson. Each evening students, instructors and neighbors will gather for a square dance, community theater performance or faculty concert.”

Click here for more information and how to join.

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Skylight View Tour