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Mtn. Music School will begin June 22

The 14th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will be held the June 22-26.

Students and staff will gather again on Cowan Creek for a week of learning and community.

Some of the country’s finest old-time musicians and students of all ages and levels will celebrate the rich mountain heritage of lively tunes, heartfelt singing, spirited square dancing and storytelling.

From absolute beginners to accomplished musicians, eight years old or 80, students will 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 their neighbors. In keeping with this tradition, Cowan is a school for all ages, with classes taught in call and response, rather than written music, improving both students’ ears for music, and the ability to join other musicians from the get-go.

The event includes five full days of music, dance, storytelling, and singing. Each afternoon, visiting masters of traditional music will join the faculty including The Kentucky Clodhoppers from Estill County, a daughter and father duo, Donna and Lewis Lamb from Berea, and Lee Boy Sexton, who will be serving as the Master in Residence during the week.

Students can choose between jam sessions for all levels, youth string band practice, storytelling circle and a singer’s circle. There will be a wide variety of afternoon workshops including old-time dulcimer playing, flatfoot dancing, and line singing at the Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church. Each evening will end with students, instructors and neighbors in a square dance or spirited faculty concert.

For more information, contact Stacy Dollarhide at 606.335.5350 or email cowancreekmusic@tvscable.com. Scholarships are available.

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