Nine pound hammer Coming Soon to R.A. Fountain
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Coming Soon to R.A. Fountain
an occasional music venue
East Carolina's best place to hear acoustic music.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find access to on-line ticket sales for general admission and reserved seats for some of our shows, offered through the Wilson Times' WAWtix service.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE!
Carolina Pinecones

The Carolina PineCones are the youth bluegrass band sponsored by Pinecone, the Triangle-based music, arts and culture preservation nonprofit organization. They were big hits here when they played Fountain for the first time last March, and also at last year's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, and we're glad to have them back in town for another entertaining night of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.

Watch the 'Cones performing the traditional "Nine Pound Hammer" at Fountain General Store last March.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- FREE!
Twisted Knot

We're glad to welcome Twisted Knot, a Greenville-based quintet of excellent veteran musicians, to Fountain for the first time. They present an Irish take on eclectic acoustic music, performing traditional tunes.

Band founder Mamie Dixon plays fiddle, mandolin, and percussions; lead singer Rebecca Hall plays keyboards; Jim Joseph and Sylvia Bjorkman play guitar; and Catherine Walker plays soprano recorder.

Dixon, from Shreveport, Louisiana, earned the first Masters degree in Music Education awarded from ECU, in 1976. A classically trained violinist, she became an Irish fiddler and then founder and director of Twisted Knot. She also performs with the St. James Jammers, a group of string musicians who play bluegrass, folk, and gospel music "most every Monday night" at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville.

North Carolina native Rebecca Hall is the band's technician. She is also a singer-songwriter, composer and solo performer who has recorded one CD of original music and another of traditional church hymns. She is the choir director at Airy Grove Christian Church in Kinston.

Jim Joseph, from New York City, started playing guitar at 20 and joined a folk band that won second place in an Air Force talent contest in Germany in 1969. He also plays with the St. James Jammers and is a certified sign language interpreter.

Sylvia Bjorkman, from Fairmont, NC, attended UNC-G, UNC-Chapel Hill and ECU, earning degrees in education and psychology. The musical family in which she grew up consisted of a church organist, a composer, a cellist, and several violinists. She also plays with the St. James Jammers, St. Paul's Recorder Ensemble and the David and Sylvia Duo.

Catherine Walker, from London, is a professor in ECU's School of Art and Design. She began playing recorder in 1979 and performed at the Rathskeller in Greenville soon after arriving in the U.S. in 1980. Now, after a hiatus of 30 years, she is playing recorder again.

Twisted Knot in rehearsal.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Ted Jones & the Tarheel Boys

Saturday, March 30, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 reserved, $12.50 reserved
nu clear twins

Help the Twins celebrate release of their debut CD.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 reserved, $12.50 reserved
Willow Branch Bluegrass Band

We found out what a terrific band this is when they played Fountain for the first time last fall.

Photo by Tom Whelan

Friday, May 3, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved
Nu Blu

Wednedsay, May 8, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $17.50 general admission, $20 reserved
Joe Newberry & Mike Compton

Friday, May 17, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved
Dirk Lumbard with the Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars

Friday, May 17, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved
Highway 58

Friday, June 7, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved
Karen Smedley & Three Jack Jenny

Friday, June 14, 2019 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $15.00 general admission, $17.50 reserved tax included
Malpass Brothers
We are currently accepting reservations for this show. Reservations will be capped at 105 and must be paid for in full by May 15, by check, cash, or credit card.

After the Malpass Brothers show, we are closed for music until September.

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