Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep.

“My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three.

I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve been a musician all my life”

– Scott Ainslie

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to play music or sing in a public place so that the people who are there will give money.

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Sun 13

Millwood Guitar Camp – private

June 13 - June 19
Millwood VA
Jul 25

Swannanoa Guitar Week

July 25 - July 31
Aug 21

Outdoor concert for the Searsmont, ME Town Library

August 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Searsmont ME
Aug 28

TradMaD Camp 2021

August 28 @ 3:00 pm - September 3 @ 10:00 am
Plymouth MA

An Extraordinary Teacher and a Gifted Musician

Ainslie is truly an extraordinary teacher and a gifted musician.  The things I learned from him, rhythm and right hand technique, slide technique, riffs, and some of the secrets of Robert Johnson’s music, have created a strong foundation that has taken my playing to another level.  

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