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The Peace Center, Greenville SC with Poet Glenis Redmond

January 9 - January 10
The Peace Center, 101 W. Broad St.
Greenville, SC 29601 United States

My poetic compatriot and sister-from-another-mother, Glenis Redmond, and I will be presenting teaching performances during the day on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9 & 10, and an evening presentation on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 as part of their Poetic Conversations Series. The opportunity for us to be on stage together is precious to us and we are both grateful for the vision and commitment of the Peace Center to presenting this compelling work.

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Greenville SC House Concert

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Avakian HC, bogus
Greenville, SC 29609 United States

My dear friends George & Kathy Avakian are hosting a private house concert on Saturday evening, January 12th. They have a long list of friends to invite and a few seats. (If your email invitation doesn't come, someone got to the reply button before you!). Details and directions will come with your reservation confirmation. It is always a pleasure to be with these two and I look forward to another unamplified evening in their home.

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Scott Ainslie @ Streamside

January 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Streamside Music, Streamside Dr. (actual address will be given after rsvp)
Arden, NC 28704 United States

An amazing venue: I'm excited to play in Sally Sparks' house concert series in Arden.

Doors will open at 2:30 -- Two sets with a break.

Suggested donation $20.

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NCSU University Scholars Program-Raleigh NC

January 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NCSU-University Scholars, Witherspoon Center
Raleigh , NC 27695 United States

Over the past 20 years, I have been invited regularly to present and perform for the prestigious University Scholars Program at North Carolina State Universtiy in Raleigh NC. My programs on the African roots and American diversity of the blues, work, and slave songs have always been well-reviewed and the engagement of the scholars has been gratifying to me. Monday afternoon, January 14th at 3:00 p.m., I'll be back on the scholars' stage to work with the students and program…

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Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Magellan Charter School, 9324 Baileywick Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 United States

As a sort of rite of passage, I have been performing for the 8th Grade at this lovely charter school in Raleigh for many years (well into the second decade). These sort of repeat gigs are immensely gratifying. The loyalty of the administration here is a testimony to the usefulness of my work, something I take to heart each time they offer me a part of their school day again.

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Private House Concert, Granville OH

January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Private House Concert, Granville OH, Trenton Cir.
Granville, OH 43023 United States

Mike Morris is hosting us for a private house concert as a fund-raiser for the local Hospice chapter. Donations for the performance will go to them. This is a private event.

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Stories, songs, and acoustic blues with Scott Ainslie, Cincinnati OH

January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Women Writing For (a) Change, 6906 Plainfield Rd 45236
Cincinnati, OH 45236 United States

Women Writing For (a) Change is sponsoring an evening of acoustic blues, original and traditional stories and songs by noted acoustic blues musician Scott Ainslie. An authority on the music of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, Ainslie has deep roots with elder musicians on both sides of the color line in the mid-south. His experience with his mentors infuses each story, each song, every note. Come join us for an informal evening of music and camaraderie. You are welcome to…

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Yellow Springs OH – YSAC Community Gallery

January 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
YSAC Community Gallery, 111 Corry Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387 United States

I'm happy to be returning to Yellow Springs Arts Council's Community Gallery for another unamplified evening of acoustic music, stories and songs. On an inside weeknight last time we had roughly forty people who came and were delighted. Reservations are recommended because you know how people will talk! Reservations: by email or telephone, below.

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An Evening at Dream Guitars, Mars Hill NC

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dream Guitars, El Miner Dr.
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States

My compatriot, Paul Heumiller, owner and spiritual advisor at Dream Guitars is arranging a small, blues gala with dinner and an extended conversation/performance examining the history and stories behind the music. Tuesday evening, January 22nd. Reservations please, via: larry@dreamguitars.com. This is going to be a very special evening. I can vouch for the food. I'm already drooling, just thinking about it.

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Beacon Hall Fundraising Concert, Salisbury NC

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Salisbury High School, 500 Lincolnton Road
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States

The good people at Beacon Hall are developing a commmunity music program to provide the kids in their community with access to music, to resources, and constructive-engagement with instructors and each other. This Friday evening concert (and the guitar workshop to follow, Saturday morning) are in support of their mission and vision for transforming their community.

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Beacon Hall Guitar Workshop, Salisbury NC

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beacon Hall, 120 Elm Street
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States

In support of this new program to involve the community in learning and making music, I'll be offering a masterclass/guitar workshop on the techniques of roots guitar playing, slide guitar, and the like on this Saturday morning, following the fundraising concert the night before. The workshop will b from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30. Participants should bring a guitar (acoustic, preferred); something to record sound, if possible; something to make notes on – and their musical curiosity!

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Swain Center for the Arts, Bryson NC w/Reggie Harris

January 27 - January 28
Swain County Center for the Arts, 1415 Fontana Rd.
Bryson City, NC 28713 United States

My friend Reggie Harris and I are returning to the scene of our first public performances together to again present "Long Time Comin'" for the community and three educational concerts for middle and high school student audiences in Bryson City, NC at the Swain Arts Center. Public Community Concert: 2:30 p.m., Sunday January 27th Educational concerts: TBA, Monday January 28th

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Meadow School, Benson NC

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meadow School, NC Hwy 50 South
Benson, NC 27504 United States

My first exposure to the tradition of acoustic blues happened in a school. And for that reason, I continue to present teaching concerts on the African roots and American diversity of the blues. You never know when someone will catch fire, as I did at the sound of this music and its emotional power. I'll present two concerts here for K-4 and 5-8 grades, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively.

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Wakefield Middle School: Teaching Concerts

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wakefield Middle School, 2300 Wakefield Pines Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27614 United States

I'm happy to be returning to this NC middle school for two teaching concerts, one each for the sixth-seventh grade students and teachers, and one for the eight graders. This performance is partially supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh NC.

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High Water-Hurricane Benefit, Lumberton NC

February 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Robeson County Library, 101 N. Chestnut St.
Lumberton, NC 28358 United States

(AP Photo/David Goldman) Working with local organizations and organizers, I'll be donating a performance to raise money and spirits of those driven from their homes by the recent hurricanes in Lumberton NC. I have friends who had only been back in their homes for a few months before losing them to high water again, in two successive 500-year floods! I had a routed night free on the road and will be doing a benefit for them on Saturday night, February…

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Cottage Music House Concerts, Harrisonburg VA

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cottage Music, King Arthur's Court
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 United States

On Sunday afternoon, February 17th, I'll be stopping in Harrisonburg VA for a house concert. There will be a 45 minute set, refreshments and visiting time, and then a second set. We're coming to make new friends, see some old ones, and make a bunch of music - new and old. Reservations by email please to: doogiemac AT outlook DOT com. Directions will come with your reservation confirmation.

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Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, The Folk College, Huntingdon PA

May 24 - May 26
Folk College, Huntingdon, PA 16652 United States

What a delight to be returning to this lovely little town and this community of players, and I get to bring Reggie Harris with me for the fun! Always presented in collaboration with Huntingdon County Arts, the Folk College stresses open classes for mixed instruments as well as classes to drill down on core technique and styles for guitarists, etc. Populated by fine humans with a flair for having a good time, this is always grand. This May 2019 program…

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