BCTMA 9th Annual Don Skinner Guitarfest scheduled for Jan. 14

Published 11:28 am Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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From the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, Washington, NC

Washington, NC — The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association (BCTMA) anticipates much excitement and community support for the family-oriented 9th Annual Don Skinner Guitarfest on Saturday, January 14, 2023.The event at the Turnage Theatre Gallery begins with BCTMA’s Saturday Morning “Open” Jam from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

The Guitarfest performances run from 3-7 p.m. Featured performers include Solo Artist Bob Daw, The Moore Family Trio, Singer-Song-writer Morgan Hudson Vickers, Musician Mac McRoy and the New Gospel Grass, The Popular Duo Pamela and JB, and the Rock / Blues Band Cathead Biscuit. The audience can come and stay at the Turnage or visit and listen as many times during the day / night as they can while enjoying the sights, sounds and charm of Little Washington.

While the event offers “free admission”, collected donations will help support the Eagles Wings Food Pantry whose mission is to help alleviate hunger in Beaufort County.  The festival is named in memory of Don Skinner, a founding member of BCTMA and an outstanding guitarist.

Since 2014, Guitarfest has been a very popular annual event that features top guitar players, singers, and bands of Eastern Carolina. The event was first presented at Washington’s Union Alley Coffee House and then later moved to the much more spacious Turnage Theatre Gallery Room.

Recent shows have evolved into fund-raising events for needy causes in Eastern Carolina. In 2022 the show raised funds for the Humane Society of Beaufort County’s Spay and Neuter Clinic.  In 2020 the event featured Eastern Carolina female guitar players and singers while collecting donations for Washington’s Ruth House. In 2019 it featured musicians from the New Bern area while raising support funds for New Bern area hurricane victims.

This fun-filled family entertainment is sponsored by Beaufort County Traditional Music Association and co-sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico.  It is held at the Turnage Theatre, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC. For more information, please visit WWW.BCTMA.ORG or WWW.ARTSOFTHEPAMLICO.ORG.


January 14, 2023 – Guitarfest Schedule at the Turnage Theatre Gallery Room

10:00 AM–12:00 PM

BCTMA “Open Jam”

Musicians and audience are encouraged to participate

12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Room and Equipment Set Up

3:00 PM–3:20 PM

Bob Daw

The “unofficial” Mayor of Blounts Creek (solo acoustic guitarist) whose laid-back style charms all audiences

3:20 PM–3:50 PM

Moore Family Trio

Three of the original BCTMA Members – Combo repertoire of traditional country and a mix of a little rock, too. Sidney (guitar) and Delores (mandolin) Moore & daughter Wendy Wallace (Bass)

4:00 PM–4:45 PM

Morgan Hudson Vickers

She is a very popular, high energy solo acoustic (guitar) singer-songwriter that has exploded on the Greenville and Washington scenes playing a wide variety of song styles

5:00 PM–5:50 PM

Mac McRoy and the New Gospel Grass

This band features Mac McRoy, Chuck Williams, Steve Clark, Blake Parker, and Phillip Leggett playing bluegrass, classic country, gospel songs and traditional music

6:00 PM–6:20 PM

Pamela & JB

A dynamic duo with great vocal harmonies and slick “JB guitar licks” who’ve been drawing and entertaining lots of fans in Greenville and Washington

6:20 PM–7:00 PM

Cathead Biscuit

An “All Star Ensemble” of local talented musicians back together for the first time since early 2020. Jeff Shirley and JB Mayes (on electric guitar), Robert McGaughy (percussion), Pam Cox (lead vocals), and Jay Costello (bass). Look for lots of Chicago-style and Allman style blues