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. Common Ground-Baltimore Concert Series

    February 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  2. Common Ground-Guitar Workshop

    February 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Good Times Café, Hinesburg VT

    February 13 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
On The Feral Crow
Fans of Ainslie already know about his passionate interest in social activism. That spirit is there in abundance on "The Feral Crow," which takes an unflinching look at some painful issues. At least five of the 11 songs on the CD might fairly be called…
Jon Potter, Arts Editor
The Brattleboro Reformer