Arts Council
Kentucky Crafted: The Market is more than craft

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 02, 2012  
Contact Information:  Ed Lawrence
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 473

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Crafted: The Market, the award-winning arts marketplace, will feature two full days of musical performances on the Kentucky Stage at the Lexington Convention Center March 3-4. The Market also offers a series of hands-on workshops and activities as well as opportunities to shop for books, CDs, DVDs, artisan foods, fine art and craft.

The exciting lineup of hourly performances by Kentucky musicians crosses genres and will appeal to almost everyone’s musical taste. To view a video sample of music offered during The Market, go to

11 a.m. Singer-songwriter Butch Rice kicks off the Saturday performances with his soulful acoustic-pop original music. Rice will be playing at a number of venues in February, including Molly Malones, Bearno’s by the Bridge and Bluegrass Brewing Co. in Louisville and High on Rose in Lexington.

Noon Next on the stage are Cheryl Skinner and Friends delivering smooth jazz for an afternoon delight. Skinner is a triple talent; she sings and plays flute and piano.

1 p.m. World-renowned banjoist Tim Lake will amaze audiences as he plays some of his original compositions. From classical to bluegrass, Lake makes a banjo sing like no other.

2 p.m. Singing duo Heath Eric and Molly G combine acoustic guitar and djembe rhythms with rich vocal harmonies to create an original blend of roots-rock Americana music. They will be the featured artists at Carter Caves State Park dinner theater, Feb. 10 and 11. Eric will also lead a workshop on the creative process of songwriting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

3 p.m. Gospel singer John Edmonds will be leading a workshop for all who ever fantasized about being in a gospel choir. Following the workshop participants will be able share the stage with John for a one-time, one-song performance of the Kentucky Crafted Gospel Choir. John will fill the stage with high energy popular and gospel music during his solo concert.

4 p.m. A true troubadour, Mitch Barrett can be described in one word — Appalachianfolksyrastafunkybluesman. If you haven’t heard him before, he will be singing and playing with Owen Reynolds on bass at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar in Lexington on Feb. 17.

5 p.m. Just returning from the Grand Ole Opry, Daniel and Amy Carwile are champion fiddlers and multi-instrumentalists with a broad repertoire of traditional tunes and original compositions from bluegrass and old-time to Celtic and swing. The Carwiles will also be at Natasha’s, Feb 25.

6 p.m. Emmy award-winning composer and arranger Jay Flippin will join Gordon Towell to perform relaxing jazz on piano and saxophone. The Jay Flippin/Gordon Towell Jazz Duo repertoire includes well-known standards and original compositions.

7 p.m. The Chattering Magpies, Lorinda Jones and Greta Gillmeister bring healing to the soul through their soft melodies produced on harp, flute, mountain dulcimer and other traditional instruments. With a grounding of Celtic influences, their music rings through to the mountains of Appalachia.

11 a.m. Sunday’s performances start with champion fiddler, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Amos Hopkins, a familiar presence in the Louisville music scene. If you haven’t seen him locally, you may have enjoyed his performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or the Alaska State Folk Festival.

Noon Bringing the house down with a reason for being is Raison D’Etre. These three women live to sing together, whether in tight a cappella harmony or accompanied by piano, guitar and other folk instruments. From northern Kentucky, you can check them out at upcoming engagements at the Stained Glass Theatre in Newport Feb. 12 or The Cincinnati Art Museum on Feb. 13. Raison D’Etre’s Roberta Schultz will also be leading a workshop on drumming for stress relief at Kentucky Crafted:The Market.

1 p.m. From the coalfields of western Kentucky, Steve Rector is a master thumb-picking guitarist following in the tradition of the late greats Mose Rager and Merle Travis. While he specializes in the old standards, Rector may break out into rock and pop favorites at any time.

2 p.m. Singer, songwriter, banjo player, guitarist and dancer Carla Gover shares her talents on stage from the traditional lilting, ethereal songs of Appalachia to covers of popular hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Gover will also lead a beginning class in Appalachian clogging as part of the arts workshops at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

3 p.m. The jubilee-style, a cappella gospel group Northern Kentucky Brotherhood will take the stage on Sunday to give praise and lift your spirits to another dimension. Originally formed out of the Ninth Street Baptist Church Men’s Choir in Covington, this group has delighted audiences in Europe, Canada and across the United States.

4 p.m. You won’t want to miss Appalatin, a band that uniquely fuses the music of Latin America and Appalachia, while being influenced by folk music from around the world. Appalatin has February shows at ZaZoo’s in Louisville and The Crow’s Nest in Cincinnati.

Go to to purchase discounted tickets and view a complete program of exhibitors, performances, workshops and activities.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market, Lexington Convention Center, Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST
Sunday, March 4, 2012 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

One-day ticket: $8 online; $10 at the door
Two-day ticket: $12 online; $15 at the door

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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