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7th Annual Don Skinner Guitarfest: 230pm – 730pm
January 4 @ 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
7th-annual Don Skinner Guitarfest – January 4, 2020
Beaufort County Traditional Music Association hosts performances to support Ruth’s House
The Don Skinner Guitarfest returns to Arts of the Pamlico’s Turnage Theatre for a seventh time on Jan. 4, 2020. Hosted by the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association, the annual event honors the memory of Don Skinner, a fine musician and long-time member of the BCTMA. This year’s show spotlights the many musically-talented ladies in the area. The funds raised from the day of music will be donated to Ruth’s House, the domestic violence shelter located in Washington.
The public is invited to come and enjoy an exciting variety of music:
Amy Hockaday Stephenson and Jason Thompson: 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Amy and Jason have been playing music together for more than two years. Amy grew up singing gospel music with her family. She was a cast member at the Rudy Theater in Selma and is a current member of the gospel group River Song Trio. Jason, a Greenville resident, has been playing guitar most of his life and has been in numerous local bands. Jason and Amy enjoy playing a mix of country, classic rock, ’80s, pop and everything in between.
Pamela Cox and JB Mayes: 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Pamela Cox is a classically trained vocalist with a dash of country and folk background. JB Mayes brings guitar licks built on years of playing heavy metal and classic rock. Together, they blend and twist all that into their own style. Pamela and JB first performed together at the inaugural Guitarfest in 2014. They are a duo that brings a wide variety of musical styles and genres to each performance.
Laura Davis: 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Laura Davis is a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist making her first Guitarfest appearance. In 2019, Laura has performed at more than 30 different events throughout eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia, including opening for Lee Greenwood in June. Laura travels from the Williamston area to perform frequently at many Washington venues. She is a very popular musical artist with a large audience that loves her singing and playing, either as a solo act or with other musicians.
Vail Rumley and Wayne Stoeckert: 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
Vail Rumley grew up playing piano and singing in choirs and high school musicals. After many years of small performances she randomly took up guitar, which led to a group of like-minded musicians that played just for fun. Vail continues to sing for the fun of it and is the current editor of The Washington Daily News. Wayne Stoeckert began playing guitar at age 13 and took to the stage professionally at 16. During the ’70s, he toured with Fatt Rabbitt. After recording at Mercury Studios in Nashville, he headed home to Buffalo, New York, where he played lead guitar with popular local groups. Wayne moved to the Washington area six years ago. This duo performs a variety of music, ranging from blues to country to rock, spanning several generations. The two trade lead vocals freely, finding that perfect blend of harmony.
Sarah Hollis, Caroline Tanner, (Wyldwood) and Friends: 6:30 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
Sarah Hollis has entertained BCTMA audiences many times with her fantastic fiddle playing both with her group Wyldwood and with the Hollis Family Trio. She will be joined by close friend and talented musician Caroline Tanner plus some guest performers. They love to play upbeat music with close harmonies and refined acoustic instrumentation.
Admission to Guitarfest is free and all donations are greatly appreciated. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale. The public is welcome to come and go throughout the afternoon and early evening or stay for the whole show. The family-friendly event takes place on Jan. 4, at the Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC.
Ruth’s House is a not-for-profit organization that assists in the interruption of the cycle of family violence and offers a safe place for domestic violence victims. Surrounded by the latest in high-tech security, Ruth’s House is a safe and comfortable home that provides a shelter where women and their children can begin to rebuild their lives. For more information, visit https://www.ruths-house.org/
The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association is a grassroots non-profit organization that promotes the performance and enjoyment of traditional music in eastern NC. Thanks to the assistance and oversight of Arts of the Pamlico, the BCTMA has grown into an active group of musicians and supporters dedicated to the nurturing and sharing of their love of traditional music. The group holds open jams on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information, visit www.bctma.org.