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Concert Reviews

Fantastic Program at NC Museum Of History

Thank you for the fantastic program this past Sunday at the NC Museum of History. The seamless mix of music and some of the stories behind it made for a truly entertaining, educational, engaging performance!… Audience members, young and old alike, sat in rapt attention throughout the program, a tribute to how enthralled everyone in […]
Jamie Katz, Program Associate
PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music Raleigh, NC

Ainslie’s Performance Was Extraordinary

Scott Ainslie’s performance was extraordinary. Students positively glowed throughout the concert and were impressed with his scholarly knowledge of Blues history and his musical technique. Students assigned Ainslie’s show the highest possible rating on the survey scale. If Ainslie comes back to town, I’d plan to take students to his shows again in a heartbeat. It […]
Teacher Comments
Calliope Concerts Executive Summary, Pittsburgh, PA

Scott Ainslie Has a High Calling

Scott Ainslie has a high calling. He’s a blues and traditional roots musician, a blues historian, storyteller, teacher, record producer, and ethnomusicologist. He’s developed a strong voice and conscience to match. Ainslie has made a point of studying the culture and history of the blues musicians whose songs he sings. He says, “Knowing the background […]
Robin Tolleson
Blue Ridge Now

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Standing Ovation from Students

I have worked here for two years and have only seen a standing ovation by a middle school/high school audience one other time.  This is simply an age group that rarely shows that type of emotional response in our setting. –The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
Arts-In-Education Coordinator
The ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC

Exactly What We Hope For

Your concert was a wonderful success for Calliope. When we set about crafting a unique and diverse series every season, evenings like that and performances like yours are exactly what we hope for. From a diverse audience of over 500 in the hall that evening, I am still receiving congratulatory e-mails from enthusiastic board members […]
Steve Miklas
Calliope, Pittsburgh PA

Entertaining Singer, Musician, and Speaker

Our students learned about the history and context of African-American influence on the development of blues as well as the birth of the cigar-box guitar and the banjo. Ainslie presented information about different styles of music, particularly regional origins of blues. Ainslie got the students involved…This was a wonderful, engaging educational and musical experience, very […]
Teacher Evaluation
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014

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Reviews from Guitar Students

What A Teacher!

Excellent – what a teacher! In addition to wonderful singer, guitar player, etc. he genuinely cares about his class – each person. That is the feeling he exudes. And Scott has the ability to break things down into small, clear segments. I learned a mountain of new things this week!
Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Play and Understand Robert Johnson

If you are one of the many frustrated bluesmen who have considered selling your soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play like Robert Johnson, stop right there! Starlicks offers you a better option: Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques, a video instruction tape by Johnson transcriber Scott Ainslie that will help you not […]
Jim Coen
Guitar World Acoustic Magazine

No Ordinary Blues Musician

Ainslie is no ordinary Blues musician. Not hardly. He has delved into the music and its history and doesn’t mind sharing it. – “Year’s 10 Best Jazz & Beyond,” Pittsburgh, PA 2003
Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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