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 14 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


BCTMA Variety Show

Thursday, June 15, 2023
Turnage Theatre Gallery
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Admission


BCTMA has over 2000 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.


2023 BCTMA Sponsors

Showcase $1000

Carolyn & Edgar Bryan (In Kind Donation)

Jamboree $500

Tar Landing Company LLC

Hoedown $250

Trish & Toby Alligood
David Holland
Susan & Wayne Meads 
Nancy &Chris Furlough
Fran & John Moore
Beth Strange (In Kind Donation)


Songster $100

Bill Rogers
Bob Waters
Nellie Walkinshaw
Van Rice
Roland Kinlaw
Carol & Bill Mann
Jeanette & David Ellis
Alyce & John Rauchenstein
Bob Daw (In Kind Donation)

Marie & Mike Brown
Gerry & Mike Arakelian
Jane & Freddy Sugg

Beth & Tom McCluskey
Joyce & Jay Costello
Lee & Bill Maxwell
Linda & Ross Boyer
Ron Parrish
John Moran