Beaufort County Traditional
Music Association

It was May 2008 that a few local musicians started gathering on a corner near the Washington Waterfront to share some musical talent. Over the past 10 years, this weekly gathering has grown into a unique Beaufort County attraction for both musicians and music lovers all over Eastern Carolina.

In partnership with Arts of the Pamlico, BCTMA is based at the historic Turnage Theater at 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC.  This venue provides a stage for guest musicians and monthly Variety Shows. BCTMA also hosts Thursday Evening and Saturday Morning Jams where musicians of all skill levels are invited to come out for these informal events.  Bring an instrument, or just come to listen.

For more information about BCTMA, explore the website or get in touch.

Upcoming Events

6th annual Don Skinner Guitarfest

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Turnage Theatre Gallery
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Donations Appreciated

Naming The Twins

Friday, February 22, 2019
Turnage Theatre Gallery
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Donations Appreciated


More 2019 Events Coming Soon

March 14 - Highway 58
April 27 – BOCO Traditional Music Festival



BCTMA has over 1500 photos online spanning our first ten years.  Visit our photos page to have a look, or head over to our Flickr photostream.



Our weekly jams on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings are open to musicians of all levels.  Check our events calendar for specific dates and times.



Since 2011, BCTMA has posted over 100 videos of our events, receiving over 32,000 views.  Drop by our videos page and our YouTube channel to watch a few.

Want to get involved?

Become a BCTMA Member or Sponsor.


2018 BCTMA Sponsors

Showcase $1000


Jamboree $500

Tar Landing Company, LLC


In Kind

Greenville Guitars

Hoedown $250

Anna & David Holland
Linda & Ross Boyer
Susan & Wayne Meads
Fran & John Moore
Renda & Wayne Allen
Trish & Toby Alligood
Jill & Bill Gravely

Songster $100

Ellie & David Warren
Gail & Doug Tilton
Carol & Bill Mann
Bob Daw
Mike & Marie Brown
Mary Thomson & Tom Russell
Roland Kinlaw
Brad Brechtelsbauer
Nellie Walkinshaw
Jeanette & David Ellis
Marilyn & Jon Larson
Jane & Freddy Sugg
Sue Nicholson
Leta & John Thompson
Tranters Creek Resort & Campground
Gerry & Mike Arakelian
Joyce & Jay Costello
Red Neck Guitars
Bonnie Corley
Stan Kittrell
Diane & Phillip Lee