Ola Belle Reed Song School: A Songwriting Retreat

The Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the weekend retreat of songwriting, making music, and celebrating the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat. The workshop will be held at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. It is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed.

The goals of the retreat are:

  • to honor Ola Belle Reed as a songwriter, storyteller and humanist who used her craft and art to build community and love,
  • to connect traditional music and story to contemporary songwriting that builds on that tradition,
  • to use Ola Belle’s songs and life as a springboard for teaching songwriting with intention. That means your songwriting not only does something for you, but it does something for others.

Though Ola Belle’s music is steeped in traditional Appalachian sounds, they loan themselves to other treatments. Songwriters of other genres may want to expand their own work and versatility with this retreat.

Instructors include Cathy Fink, Claire Lynch and Sam Gleaves.

Workshop space is limited. $200 adults; $150 students. Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council to reserve your space; credit cards are accepted. Call 336.846-2787 for more information or to register.



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Apr 13 2018 - Apr 15 2018


05:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Ashe Civic Center
962 Mt Jefferson Rd, West Jefferson, NC 28694

The Ashe County Arts Council
wishes the North Carolina Arts Council
a Happy 50th Anniversary!