Welcome to Harbor Sounds

On Saturday, Sept. 13th , Harbor Sounds will participate in the first annual OLE FRONT PORCH MUSIC FESTIVAL from 12 to 4 PM on Broad Street in Oriental. Stroll the street, listen to music, sing a bit, eat a bit, and laugh a bit. There will be dozens of performers on many porches. Though this is the first, there is some history: For many years, musicians would gather on the front porch of the late Lucille and Billy Truitt’s Ol’ Store on South Water Street. The store has been gone for years, but now it’s the inspiration for this festival.

The festival is also a showcase for local artisans who want to display their work. There’ll even be a “petting zoo” of musical instruments for kids to try out. Lunch will be served throughout the afternoon from Jim Kellenberger’s grill with proceeds used to help build a fund for next year’s festival.

The deadline for musicians to join the lineup is August 25. Local artisans wanting to show and sell their wares are asked to get in touch by September 1. To sign up, contact Dottie Osmun at 617-0540 or dottieosmun@gmail.com .

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Harbor Sounds offers an eclectic mix of bluegrass, gospel, and folk music. Originating in Pamlico County in 1998, Harbor Sounds has expanded from its original four members to its present-day group of seven. Although usually playing in Pamlico, Craven, and Jones counties, Harbor Sounds has performed as far north as Ocean City, Maryland, and as far west as Nashville, TN.

This group is unique in that it donates its time and talent to raise money for worthy local charities and organizations. To date, they have raised over $300,000 for such worthy groups as Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, HOPE Clinic, the Old Theater, Pamlico County Rescue Squad, Pamlico County Historical Association, Pamlico County's Senior Center, Oriental's ambulance and first response team, Oriental Woman's Club, Cove City firemen, Goose Creek Island Community Center, and benefits at many, many churches and nursing homes.

Harbor Sounds is noted for its unusual vocal mix and arrangement of melodies and for its lively enthusiasm. It is indeed a spirited, dynamic group that provides toe-tappin', knee-slappin', hand-clappin' fun.

Harbor Sounds has appeared at the Trent River Coffee House and the Farmers' Market in New Bern and has played for both Pamlico and Jones Counties' Arts Councils, as well as for the Pamlico Musical Society. In addition, they have appeared numerous times in Oriental's Croakerfest and the Spirit of Christmas festivities.