Michael & Carrie Kline

Painting by Michael Doig.
  • "Eye-opening, provoking, educational. Carrie and Michael have so much to share and are great teachers. They planned a wonderful week for us. I can’t say enough good things about my Oral History class and teachers."
    -Evaluation from "Listening for a Change" Student
  • "Michael and Carrie Kline have introduced hundreds of students to the sounds and songs of their community. . . . There is no one we've encountered who can mesmerize fifty 5th graders at once with songs of love and tribulation."
    -Nathan Hayes
    Program Manager, The Mountain Institute, Circleville, WV
  • "Michael and Carrie Kline are not only exceptional musicians with a great knowledge of their music and its roots, but they have a wonderful ability to use their music to educate audiences about historical and cultural events as well. Very few musicians I've heard can transport listeners so fully to another time and place as they can. "
    -Elizabeth Altemus
    Pendleton County Committee for the Arts, Franklin, WV
  • "Michael and Carrie Kline have a long-respected tradition in the folklore and music worlds. They are recipients of several fellowships which have led to numerous recordings. This top-notch research comes out on stage, captivating the audience and stirring the emotions."
    -Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
    Modern Day American Folk and Blues Legends
  • "Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity, without a hint of pretense or affectation, and their guitar accompaniments are excellent, just what the songs call for. With their vast knowledge of West Virginia history and culture you can be assured their concerts are not only a treat for the ear, but a journey into the depth and breadth of the real Appalachia and beyond."
    Bringing the People's History Alive Through Music

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, February 02, 2018

    Concert in Athens, Ohio with Michael and Carrie Kline & Jack Wright

    Friday, Feb. 2, 3018, 7:30 p.m.
    24 West State Street
    Athens, OH 45701


  • Sunday, February 11, 2018

    How Can I Keep From Singing? Learn to Sing Old West Virginia Songs

    This workshop is hosted by the Mountain Music Trail

    Come share in the old-time, eye-to-eye and knee-to-knee singing of songs and ballads collected by Michael Kline from old West Virginia singers over the past forty years. At this workshop we will immerse ourselves in old songs which resonate with local stories not usually found in history books, stories of life in the old forests lived among the giant trees.

    Through the frame of local culture, landscapes and history we will hear about singers from generations past. How did these songs come to dwell in them? How and why does the oral tradition persist into our own times? We’ll ask these questions and sing, sing, sing some of the old songs, guided by West Virginia folklorists and musical duo Michael and Carrie Kline. No experience needed, no ability to sing. Bring your love of traditional culture.

    At Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church, 113 1st Street, Elkins, WV

    Suggested donation $10-$20, but all are welcome.

  • Friday, March 09, 2018

    NYC House Concert of Story and Song to Benefit the Appalachian South Folklife Center

    Concert of story and song Friday, March 9 at 7:30 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in NYC at the home of Jocelyn and Fred Jerome to benefit the Appalachian South Folklife Center. Please join us for what we expect to be a memorable evening. Suggested donation is $15 per person, less for youth or low-income people. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to snobel@msn.com.

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