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Saturday, July 9, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Ash & Andy
This dynamic old-time duo based in Australia performs traditional and original music that features beautiful harmonies and driving banjo and fiddle duets you'd swear were straight out of an Appalachian house party or dance hall.

Ash is Ashlee Watkins, who was raised in a musical family outside of Newcastle, New South Wales. Andy Small is a Greenville, NC native who earned a master's from the Yale School of Music. He won the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship and has also won several other prizes for both fiddle and banjo. When at home in Australia, he also performs with the Melbourne-based acoustic trio One Up, Two Down.

They perform interchangeably on fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Locust Honey
Nashville-based Locust Honey plays old-time, bluegrass and pre-war blues as well as original and traditional songs from the American Southeast. Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson perform on a variety of instruments: fiddles, open-back and resonator banjos, acoustic and resonator guitars. Their performances are noted for their lively arrangements that showcase signature vocal harmonies that seem to have been transported from the early 20th century.

One critic says their shows deliver "heartbreaking country harmonies and raging old time fiddle tunes," and they stop by Fountain as part of a promotional tour for their new CD, "Never Let Me Cross Your Mind."

John Miller, formerly with the Hackensaw boys, will be on upright bass.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Russ Varnell & Too Country

Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission $12.50 reserved tax included
Mile Twelve
Mile Twelve, one of the best new bluegrass bands in New England, stops by Fountain en route to their performances at IBMA's World of Bluegrass. Bluegrass legend Tony Trischka says their instrumental skills "reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways."

Guitarist Evan Murphy, a Milton, Mass., native, graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a degrees in theatre and music. While living in New York City, he played with the bluegrass band Tenafly Rye and studied bluegrass guitar with Michael Daves and classical guitar with Jason Sagebiel.

Catherine "BB" Bowness, a native New Zealander, began playing banjo when she was 6. She won the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival, which allowed her to travel to the United States, where she has studied with Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in jazz performance. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and stays busy in New England these days recording, teaching and performing.

Bassist Nate Sabat is from New York City, where he graduated from the voice program at LaGuardia High School. He earned his degree in bass from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has performed with the New York Pops, Kronos Quartet, Eugene Friesen and Bruce Molsky. This past winter, he was one of 16 young acoustic musicians accepted to the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, where he worked with Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and Chris Eldridge.

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, originally from Charlottesville, Va., graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a degree in violin performance. She's played with Peter Rowan, the Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, and Tony Trischka, among others. And among her awards: first place at the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, Kan.,and first place at the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest. She teaches at Berklee College of Music and also independently in Boston and world-wide via Skype.

September 29 - Oct 1, 2016 -- CLOSED
We've gone to Raleigh for IBMA's World of Bluegrass.

Friday, October 14, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Claude Bourbon

Saturday, October 15, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Shannon Baker & the Classic Stepbacks

This new local bluegrass band features Wilson's Shannon Baker on vocals and a terrific band, with Keith Gaster on banjo and also Ernie Tanner, Ronnie Parrish, Charles Nelms, and Spencer Howell. Most of these guys are also with Sapony Creek, one of the best bluegrass bands we've hosted. And young Shannon's guested here a couple of times--with Ted Jones and also Russ Varnell--so we know what an outstanding show this one's going to be.

Friday, January 6, 2017 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission $11 reserved tax included
Kevin Prater Band

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