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Friday, January 30, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
Ted's a terrific mandolin picker in the cross-picking tradition of Jesse McReynolds, and he's got an all-star band of bluegrass pickers that includes his dad, Ronnie, on on rhythm guitar; Lee Flood on banjo; Paul Winstead on upright bass; Joe Pessolano on guitar, banjo, and Dbro; and Tom White on guitar.

Ted & the Boys have been wrapping up production on their forthcoming CD, a tribute to the late Roby Huffman. He'll mix this show with his own original songs, some traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel classics, and covers of some of Roby's best.

Ted's up front in the hat, with Paul Winstead on bass, Lee Flood on banjo, and Ronnie Jones on rhythm guitar.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Carolina Yellowhammers

The best occasional bluegrass band in East Carolina returns for another outstanding night of traditional bluegrass, with Lightnin' Wells on guitar and vocals; Lane Hollis on banjo, fiddle and vocals; John Booker on bass and vocals; and Fast Frankie Harrison on mandolin.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $11 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Dixieland All-Stars

Join Steve & crew for a Valentine's Day / Mardi Gras celebration, with Les Sutorius on trumpet & vocals; Tommy Smith on trombone & vocals; George Knott on acoustic bass & tuba; Bobby Harrison on drums--and a few surprise guests, of course.

As usual for a Steve Creech show: reservations are highly recommended.

Friday, February 27, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Naming the Twins
Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser are touring the eastern seaboard in support of their second recording, "Drifters & Dreamers," which was CD of the week on the syndicated folk radio program "The Midnight Special."

From Nova Scotia, the Twins are "reminiscent of the best folk duos of the '60s and '70s," says one critic.

Another: they're "a little like Peter, Paul and Mary if one of the fellows took the night off, a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if either had a girl harmonizer."

Saturday, March 7, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
Piedmont Melody Makers
Alice Gerrard 's newest old-time band of all-stars also includes Jim Watson, Chris Brashear, and Cliff Hale

Watson, who sings and plays mandolin, bass, and guitar, has been called the heir apparent to Charlie Poole as the proponent of Carolina hillbilly music. He's also still active with the legendary supergroup the Red Clay Ramblers.

Bassist Hale, from West Virginia, sings in a "profound blend of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell and Carter Stanley all in one voice." Fiddler Brashear was last at RAF for a fantastic show last spring with his buddy Peter McLaughlin.

And Gerrard, the grand lady of old-time whose pedigree goes back to her recordings and performances with Hazel Dickens, writes songs, plays guitar, and sings beautifully. She's also up for a Grammy for last year's critically acclaimed CD Follow the Music. Naomi Judd has said "the Judds owe Hazel and Alice a sincere thank you, not only for showing us how to take our first musical step, but for continuing to help preserve old-time music." Because she's graced our stage several times, we can readily agree with Rayna Gellert's assessment, that she's "queen of the universe."

This is another of those shows that might never come our way again: don't miss it!

Saturday, March 14, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $7.50 general admission, $10 reserved tax included
Bill Redding

Bill's annual St. Patrick's concert has been a perennial favorite at Fountain since before we opened, in 2004.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Mountain Rain

Saturday, April 3, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Lightnin' Wells

Saturday, April 4, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Yorrelle

Saturday, April 11, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $11 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Dirk Lumbard Dance All-Stars
Dirk's putting together a showcase of his best students for this one, which is a benefit for ECU's School of Dance.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 -- 7:00 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Fiddler Dave & Gary
Gary Mitchell and Fiddler Dave Tweedie, both from Molasses Creek, will be celebrating release of their new CD with this very special Sunday night performance. The Creek's bassist, Gerald Hampton, will also join in the fun.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $11 general admission, $13.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Dirk Lumbard

Saturday, May 16, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $12.50 general admission, $15 reserved tax included
the Malpass Brothers

Saturday, June 5, 2015 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends

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