We are thrilled to announce that Zoe Speaks was just selected by South Arts to participate in its Performing Arts Discovery Program, for which we'll be traveling to Florida this fall to perform for international presenters from venues in Australia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Ireland and the UK, sharing some of the history, context, and culture that make our region’s music so rich. Onward and upward! Thanks to the Kentucky Arts Council for nominating us and to all of our friends for supporting us! We can't wait to represent Kentucky overseas!
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 song contest wins include the Telluride Troubador Contest, Merlefest's Chris Austin Contest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and Kerrville New Folk, 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.
Richmond Centre Summer Music Series
Free, family-friendly concert. Rain may affect this date---visit our FB page for updates.
Singing Bird Music School (Carla)
Musicians of all experience levels (age 10 and up) are welcome to participate in three days of hands-on classes in old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, flatfoot dancing, and singing with teaching artists Pam Gadd, Sam Gleaves, Carla Gover, John Harrod, Michael Parks, Lucian Parker, and Deborah Payne. The school welcomes beginning musicians. Visit this site for complete information: https://www.singingbirdschool.com/
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?
Hancock Bank & Trust Coffeehouse Series
We're happy to be returning to this fabulous venue in Madisonville with the whole gang to perform music from the new Wings album and enjoy the wonderful space and excellent sound of this state-of-the-art theater. Tickets are $20, with discounts for students and seniors. For more info visit http://www.glemacenter.org/
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!