Performer

My time with senior traditional musicians from both sides of the ‘color line’ has changed me.

Whether the music is traditional or original, when I take the stage, I always feel like I’m climbing onto the shoulders of giants.

If somehow, you could magically remove the music we made together and what we did together: no one would recognize me.

I believe in apprenticeship, and the idea that you should let a craft or tradition transform you, before you go about transforming it.

The price of singing a song
is becoming the song.

– Scott Ainslie

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Upcoming Events

  1. Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW-Week I)

    July 12 - July 18
  2. Folkstage with Rich Warren

    September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Fox Valley Folk Festival

    September 6 @ 11:00 am - September 7 @ 6:00 pm
Tied to the Life and Work of Robert Johnson
During his career, Ainslie has become particularly tied to the life and work of late bluesman Robert Johnson, whose legend states that he sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads. Ainslie was recently part of the official centennial celebration . . .
Stephanie Mangino
The Winchester Star