Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat

Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat
April 12-14, 2019
Friday 10 am thru Sunday 5pm.

In the mountains of Ashe County, NC, top-notch songwriters give 11 hours of instruction across various levels of songwriting. Add jams, a beautifully produced student showcase and evening concert with instructors to fill a weekend of songwriting inspiration and skill that will keep you writing. Instructors include Cathy Fink, Alice Gerrard, Sam Gleaves, Claire Lynch and Marcy Marxer.

Meet the Instructors

The program is in honor of Ola Belle Reed, a NEA National Heritage Award winning songwriter and performer from Lansing, NC. Ola Belle played banjo and guitar and wrote songs that required an understanding of the musical traditions of Appalachia while embracing contemporary themes and issues. Her music garnered from country, bluegrass and folk fans. Del McCoury and Marty Stewart had hits with her songs, and literally hundreds of folk musicians have recorded them. The Dust-To-Digital label released a book and two-CD package about Ola Belle and her wide musical influence on others.

Workshop space is limited. $250.00 adults, $150 students.  Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council to reserve your space; credit cards are accepted.

Application Form 2019
Financial Assistance Information 2019


Applications may be emailed to:  jlashearts@skybest.com
Applications may be mailed:
Ashe County Arts Council
303 School Ave
West Jefferson, NC 28694

For more information please call 336-846-2787.

The Goals 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.

This retreat welcomes songwriters of any and all genres as well as any and all accompaniment styles. 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. All accompaniment instruments are welcome. We will welcome songwriters ages 12 and up.