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Performances at R.A. Fountain consist of original music, traditional, and public domain songs.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$11 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech All-Stars with Dirk Lumbard: From Broadway to Main Street

By now, most everyone around here knows Dirk's a Broadway veteran tap dancer & singer who has settled in the Edgecombe County community of Old Sparta, a home base from which he continues to travel throughout the U.S. performing and teaching show business. This is always a terrific show, and it's usually a full house, too.
Why not wear your dancin' shoes?
Guitarist Creech has assembled another excellent band for the occasion: Jimmy Aycock on keyboards; Jon Wacker on drums; Les Sutorious on trumpet; and George Knott on string bass and tuba. Dirk, who's now teaching at ECU, will bring along a few of students as guest performers, too.

This show was originally scheduled for May 17, but Dirk got a nice gig in a Michigan production of "Cabaret," which made the switch necessary.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Friday, May 9, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$10.75 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
the Malpass Brothers

photo by Tom Whelan

Friday, May 16, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Hutch & Scuff and Shoutin' Red

David Hutchins and Scott Acuff, from the Seatttle-based old-time jug band Port August, will open the show for Shoutin' Red (aka Felicia Nielsen), from Stockholm, Sweden. Lightnin' Wells, who's responsible for bringing these outstanding musicians to East Carolina, will play a few tunes with Red at the end of her set before a grand finale with all in.

Hutch plays resonator and acoustic guitars and mandolin. He was still in high school when he met Lightnin' at Port Townsend, and as you might imagine, he's especially fond of Piedmont blues. He's got a series of YouTube "videos of the week," including this sweet take on "Step It Up and Go".

Scuff, from Olympia, Washington, plays guitar, jug, and washboard and is part of a hokum music revival in Washington state. With Alison Metheny he performs as the Scuff & Al Show; their favorite gigs are street busking and playing for farmers markets.

Shoutin' Red at 23 is the new face on the Swedish blues and roots scene. Her acoustic guitar is influenced by early country blues and has been inspired by players like Memphis Minnie. She and Lightnin' met at Port Townsend, where he teaches blues workshops every August, and she was tutored by Dom Flemons, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, and Eleanor Ellis. She also has a series of fine videos on YouTube, including this version of "When the Levee Breaks".

Don't miss this one!

Hutch & Scuff get down tonight! -- Shoutin' Red, the Swedish blueswoman

Saturday, May 17, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --THIS SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED TO APRIL 19
Steve Creech All-Stars with Dirk Lumbard

Saturday, May 31, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$10.75 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
the Outliers
This Triangle-based band picks excellent bluegrass that one critic calls "innovative music with deep roots in tradition." Together since 2001, they're a group with a long and impressive music pedigree. Hank Bowman plays guitar and writes some of the band's original songs. Stan Brown, on banjo, is a veteran of many years in Nashville, were he played with Wilma Lee Cooper and the master, Bill Monroe. Bassist Julie Brown, formerly with Sweet Potato Pie, also helps with vocals. Brad Martin plays mandolin and also sings lead and harmony.

These folks are headed to some nice gigs this summer, including the Ocrafolk Fest, the Cherokee Bluegrass Fest, and the Koka Booth Amphitheater before they'll be featured again at the IBMA Raleigh meetings and shows in October.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam

Saturday, June 14, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$10.75 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin

Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16, 2014 -- FREE! Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Festival
This annual festival is staged in conjunction with Town of Fountain's annual Peanut Festival.

Carolina Grass will be back to close the fest down on Saturday night. Other 50 minute performing slots are now available for booking on the RAF stage.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$8.50 general admission, $10.75 reserved tax included
Ted Jones & the Tar Heels

Friday & Saturday, October 3-4, 2014
Closed: Gone to International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Raleigh

Saturday, December 20, 2014 -- 7:30 p.m. --$11.00 general admission, $13 reserved tax included
Lemon Sisters & Rutabaga Brothers
Their 3rd annual Christmas dance: hardly any room for sitting at this one!

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