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. The White Horse – Black Mountain NC

    May 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  2. House Concert – Greenville SC

    May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. The Cary – Double-Bill with Walter Parks

    May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Scott Ainslie's song, The Land That I Love, tells the true story of Grecia Cruz, a migrant who was lost in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona in June, 2007. Ainslie shot the images and video in this piece on both sides of the border during a March, 2011 visit to Sahuarita and Green Valley, AZ, where he stayed and worked with the Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans on the border. To learn more about humanitarian efforts in Arizona, NAFTA, corporate and labor issues surrounding immigration, please visit Scott Ainslie's CattailMusic dot com website, GVSamaritans dot org, or BorderSongs dot org. ©2009,2012, Scott Ainslie. All rights reserved.

Sophisticated, But Also Intimate
What worked about your show was that it was sophisticated but also intimate.  These students identified with you, with your stories and your struggles, and I think this identification kept them engaged, open and so respectful of your work… And so, . . .
Staci Sanders, Family Programming
The ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC