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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Fri 13

Rochester VT House Concert

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rochester VT
Sat 14

Vocal Workshop and Concert-Hudson MA

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Sat 28

5th Saturdays House Concerts-Kingston NY

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kingston NY
Oct 04

Connecticut Folk, New Haven CT

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
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Kept Performance Moving

Scott Ainslie was friendly (I spoke with him after the performance) and he invited students to look for his performances and more information on Youtube and his website. Ainslie was very prompt and communicated well. He realized the time constraints of the class period, so he kept the performance moving. He’s aware of his audience… Read more “Kept Performance Moving”

Teacher Evaluations
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014