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May 13 - June 9, 2016 CLOSED

Friday, June 10, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $10 general admission, $12.50 reserved tax included
Steve Creech Jazz All-Stars with Mollye Otis
Tonight's show features Mollye Otis, Michael Ventrano, Macon Dail, Stephan Pryor and Jack Fisher in a concert of show tunes, blues, pop, and jazz standards.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 -- 7:30 p.m. -- $8.50 general admission, $11 reserved tax included
Ted Jones & the Tar Heel Boys
Terrific bluegrass from Jones and his crew of talented pickers. Ted formed this band when he was 18, about the time we opened, and he's been a favorite here ever since.

Also in the band are Lee Flood on banjo, Paul WInstead on bass, and Ted's dad, Ronnie, on guitar.

Their latest of five in-print CDs is "Cut N Up," a tribute to Roby Huffman.

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 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.
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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

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

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