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


The Art of Improvisation
Workshop with Dave Reynolds

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Turnage Theatre Gallery
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Free Admission


Music Across the Sound
Benefit Concert for Ocracoke Musicians

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Turnage Theatre Main Stage & Gallery
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$20 Cash Admission


BCTMA Variety Show

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Turnage Theatre Gallery
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Admission


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.


2019 BCTMA Sponsors

Showcase $1000


Jamboree $500

Alice and Frank Stallings
Fran and John Moore


In Kind

Greenville Guitars
Don Shopis
Bob Daw
Tar Landing Co. LLC

Hoedown $250

Anna and David Holland
Susan and Wayne Meads Sr.
Jill and Bill Gravely
Tranters Creek Resort & Campground Linda & Ross Boyer
Renda & Wayne Allen
Trish & Toby Alligood

Songster $100

Carol and Bill Mann
Sue Nicholson
Roland Kinlaw
Marie and Mike Brown
Eleanor and David Warren
Nellie Walkinshaw
Marilyn and John Larson
Van Rice
Brad Brechtelsbauer
Leta and John Thompson
Jane & Freddy Sugg
Gerry & Mike Arakelian
Joyce & Jay Costello
Bob Diefendorf
Jeanette & David Ellis
Alzheimer's Awareness:
In Honor of Cathy Bladel