Sam Gleaves and Larah Helayne

Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old “love songs” of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues. While earning a degree in Folklore at Berea College, Gleaves performed with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble directed by Al White. In 2015, Gleaves collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Cathy Fink and released a debut record of original songs, titled “Ain’t We Brothers,” which has been featured by The Guardian, National Public Radio, and No Depression. Gleaves tours extensively in the U.S. and he has performed in Ireland, England, Canada, Japan and Italy. In 2017, Gleaves released a duo recording with Tyler Hughes which received glowing reviews from Fatea, Rock n Reel, fROOTS, and others. In 2018, Gleaves collaborated with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on a trio recording, “Shout & Shine,” which Justin Hiltner of the Bluegrass Situation called, “viscerally powerful . . . a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds and musical melds.” Gleaves now makes his home in Hindman, Kentucky where he currently serves as the Traditional Arts Director at the Hindman Settlement School. A passionate teaching artist, Gleaves has shared Appalachian traditions at numerous music camps, colleges, universities, and public schools.


Larah Helayne is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachias, Larah’s life and music have been greatly impacted by the magnificence of the mountains. Her songs reflect both the beauty and struggles of living in Eastern Kentucky, while weaving in the story of her own wild and wonderful life. Her songs possess a startling honesty and an unfaltering hope that captivates anyone who takes the time to listen.

Larah has played countless shows locally and regionally, everywhere from Church basements to festival stages. A proud alumni of Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, Larah greatly values traditional Appalachian music, and strives to learn as much as possible, while also creating traditionally-influenced original songs. In 2018, Larah recorded and released her debut EP, “Roots.” It is a snapshot of the first sixteen years of Larah’s life; who she is, what she believes, and how she arrived there. “Roots” has been featured on numerous radio stations and digital platforms, and the title song is being used in the feature film “Maysville.” which is currently in production. Larah was a featured performer at TEDx Corbin, where she spoke on the importance of Appalachian music in empowering youth to learn to love their mountain home.


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Laura Lee's is a new venue for northeastern Kentucky. One hour from Cincinnati, or 1 hour from Lexington, Laura Lee's Concert House and Folk Theatre is nestled in Helena, a hamlet 10 minutes from the picturesque Ohio River. It is housed in an historic church on the National Register. Colonial Revival architecture and enormous stained glass windows create an ambiance that makes for an unforgettable evening.

Excellent acoustics and comfortable seating In climate-controlled theatre from 1914.

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