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TradMAD Camp, Plymouth MA

August 25 - August 31
Pinewoods Camp, 148 Halfway Pond Road
Plymouth, MA United States

This Traditional Music And Dance (MAD) camp is run by a number of folks with great reverence for tradition (and irreverence for the status quo), in short, my people! Held at the august Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA, it is a comfortable paced camp with high quality instructors, compassionate students, and interesting diversions. There are a few slots left, so check it out and join us, if you can.

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Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Rush NY With Reggie Harris

September 8 - September 9
Turtle HIll Folk Festival, Rotary Sunshine Campus
Rush, NY 14543 United States

My friend and stage compadre, Reggie Harris and I will be having a great deal of meaningful fun at this festival. Come join us!

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Blues Workshop, Whitehead Light Station, Maine

September 13 - September 16
Whitehead Light Station, Whitehead Island, ME United States

I'll be spending Thursday through Sunday, September 13-16, 2018, with a select group of guitarists and singers exploring the joys of acoustic blues on an island about 8 miles southwest of Rockland, ME. One of the oldest lighthouse stations in the United States, Whitehead Light Station wasc ommissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803, the year of the Louisiana Purchase. It was  the seventh lighthouse commissioned in the United States and has been in continuous operation ever since. As of…

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Guitar Workshop-New Fairfield, CT

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
$35.00

I'll be doing a guitar workshop on acoustic blues (including slide guitar technique on request). The content is always tailored to serve the players who come. Guitars in hand, a sound recording device, and a slide that fits snugly on your little finger will all be useful. We'll look at core technique for Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, and others as well as the slide basics. Pre-registration is suggested, but don't let that stop you.…

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Groovin’ In New Fairfield Coffee House, CT

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
New Fairfield Senior Center, 33 Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
$10.00

I'm happy to be returning to New Fairfield CT for another show with these folks. They put on a volunteer led and run series of great acoustic music shows in a local Senior Center with adequate parking, lights, great sound and a coterie of very fine humans. It will be good to see some old friends there, and as always, make some new ones. Please join us and bring some friends. It will be a lovely and moving evening of…

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Mundelein House Concert, Mundelein IL

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mundelein House Concerts, Mundelein, IL 60047 United States
$20.00

Our friends Rachel and Tobin Fraley are hosting a Tuesday evening house concert for us as we make our way westward. Come around 6:00 with snacks to share and to meet us and your other audience members. Music will start around 7:15 and be over a little after 9:00. The address of the concert will be provided with confirmation of your reservation. A suggested donation of $20/person will be appreciated. Reservations by contacting: tobin@humbugs.com or calling 847-722-8989

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St. Norbert College, DePere WI

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
St. Norbert College, 100 Grant Street
DePere, WI 45115 United States

Scott Ainslie's teaching concerts are not to be missed. Ainslie brings a wealth of intellectual and musical talent to any stage. He sings and plays like a master and knows the history like a scholar: the best of both worlds!

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Sheldon Iowa

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sheldon Iowa, Sheldon, IA United States

details to be added later!

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Lavina, MT

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lavina Mercantile, 17 Main St
Lavina, MT 59046 United States

Slayton Mercantile graced the main drag in Lavina, Montana for a long, long time. A classic store – part fencing wire, part local crafts, part cold drinks and snacks, motor oil, work clothing and outer wear – it was run for a number of years by my sister-in-law, Charlotte Ainslie with the support of her husband, renowned blacksmith George F. Ainslie. We're arranging a concert in this lovely space. Come join us. These folks out there have never seen me…

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Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art

October 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
$15

I'll be starting off my North to South West Coast tour with a repeat appearance at the Cafe.

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Portland, OR – House Concert

October 7 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Portland House Concert, (get accurate address after you contact host)
Portland, OR 97214 United States

This Sunday afternoon concert will start at 3:00. Doors open at 2:30. Potluck snack break, plus time to visit before the concert. Our hosts will provide some snacks and water. Bring drinks to share, if you'd like. Suggested donation $15-20. Click here to Contact host and make reservations. Directions will be provided when reservations are confirmed.

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Artichoke Music Guitar Workshop

October 13
Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 United States

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Artichoke Music Concert

October 13
Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 United States

details will follow

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Grants Pass – House Concert

October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Grants Pass House Concert, (get real address after you contact host)
Grants Pass, OR United States

Our friend and fellow road warrior Mary Flower suggested we get in touch with the Woods, who have a well-established house concert series in Grants Pass, OR. They responded quickly and wonderfully. Monday, October 15th: an early evening of music, stories, and song! They have an email list. If you'd like to go, please email Cathering Wood at: TheWalkingLady AT hotmail.com

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Marin, CA – Magnolia House Concerts

October 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Magnolia House Concerts, (get real address after you contact host)
Marin County, CA CA United States

Our dear Swannanoa Gathering colleague and friend Steve Baughman recommended us to Amy Fredericks and her house concert series. We'll be there on this Thursday evening for an early evening of music, stories, and songs. Please join us if you can. It will be wonderful! Suggested donation of $20-25 and directions/location will be provided when your reservations are confirmed. Email contact only, thank you. Amy AT AmyFriedricksMusic DOT com Magolia House Concert Series

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Santa Rosa Acoustic Guitar House Concert

October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Windsor Acoustic House Concert Series, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States

This series used to be in Windsor, but now presents concerts in Santa Rosa --  find out what you need to know on the Windsor Acoustic Guitar House Concert  website. The host is a former blues guitar student and I look forward to playing for his series and meeting new friends.    

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Nevada City – House Concert

October 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Nevada City House Concert, 631 Coyote St
Nevada City, CA 95959 United States

One of the most versatile and renowned guitarists I know is going to open up his house for us in Nevada City CA for a Saturday night house concert. Contact Steve Baughman and Joy Lynn (joylynnking AT gmail.com) to reserve a place and get precise directions/address. This will be a lot of fun!

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The Lab at the Barnyard

October 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Lab at The Barnyard, Carmel Rancho Ln
Carmel, CA 93922 United States
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Ojai Storytelling Festival – California

October 25 - October 28
Ojai Storytelling Festival, Main Street
Ojai, CA 93024 United States

I am so pleased to be invited back to this lovely festival up in the hills above the Pacific in Ojai, CA. Brian Bemel's welcoming me and my spoken-word/poet compatriot Glenis Redmond back and we are both excited and pleased at the prospect of working together again and making new friends at the festival, on stage and off. From their website: Nestled in a valley filled with orange groves and flanked by the Topa Topa peaks, the charming city of…

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Borrego Springs House Concert

November 5
Borega Springs House Concert, (get accurate address after you contact host)
Borega Springs, 92004 United States

This beautiful little desert town is home to dear friends who are going to open their home on a Monday evening for an early evening of music, stories and songs. An intimate setting for friends new and old to join us. Please contact Steven Forrest by email only: forrestastrology AT Gmail DOT com Address will be provided by our hosts when they confirm your reservation.

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Green Valley AZ House Concert

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElfresh House Concert, actual address after rsvp
Green Valley, AZ 85614 United States
$20

Our friends from Common Ground on the Hill (Maryland) and Common Ground on the Border (Arizona) will be hosting a house concert on the return leg of our tour. Please contact Rebecca McElfresh (mcelf.rebecca@gmail.com) to reserve a space for this unamplified evening of acoustic music, stories, and song. Years ago, my song, "The Land That I Love," brought me to Green Valley where I witnessed the work of the Green Valley Samaritans and No Mas Muertes, as well: humanitarians trying…

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Whirlybird – near Lafayette LA

November 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Whirlybird Dance Hall, get actual address when you contact them for tickets!
St. Landry Parish, LA United States

Jim Phillips, Christy Leichty, and their crew of volunteers and friends are creating a music/dance/art scene in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette, LA. My friend David Greely introduced us and I'm looking forward to being part of the scene there. Saturday evening concert sets. Sunday, midday workshop. Details coming soon. Locations sent with email confirmation of your reservations. Here's what their site says: "Jim Phillips and his wife Christy Leichty are artists and educators who love Cajun and Creole music…

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Blues Guitar/Vocal Workshop – St. Landry’s Parish LA

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Whirlybird Dance Hall, get actual address when you contact them for tickets!
St. Landry Parish, LA United States

The content of this workshop are yet to be settled, but I'm a fine slide guitar teacher, good delta and ragtime blues teacher, and I can coach singers into using the tools that make blues singers so emotionally effective. Teaching is a part of what I love. Content of these workshops is always driven by the agreed upon interests of those who come. Feel free to contact me before hand with your requests and questions.

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Blues Workshop-Duluth GA

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
$35

Eddie Owen and the Red Clay Music Foundry are presenting a workshop/concert combination on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Details will be forthcoming, but note the date and, my dear Atlanta friends, get out of town and come see me. We'll make a day of it. My workshops often include the music of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, acoustic slide guitar techniques, right hand basics, open tunings and standard tuning, as well as blues vocal techniques for non-blues singers! Content is…

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Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

November 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
$20

Eddie Owen Presents (EOP) is sponsoring this workshop/concert day north of Atlanta in Duluth GA. The workshop in the afternoon is for blues guitarists and singers. The evening performance is for anyone who values good music, longs to know its history and stories, and has a passion for great singing and acoustic guitar playing. Come out and join us. We will have a ball. Guaranteed! Note: There's a discount if you do the workshop AND the concert. Tickets

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Sunapee Coffee House

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunapee Coffeehouse, 9 Lower Main Street
Sunapee, NH 03304 United States

Our gig here last year was iced out by some frozen pipes. A return to this lovely (cool) local coffeehouse in the state next door! Hopefully not as cold as last year... Come join us for a great evening of acoustic blues, slide guitar, hand-crafted songs and stories.

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The Peace Center, Greenville SC with Poet Glenis Redmond

January 9, 2019 - January 10, 2019
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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Swain Center for the Arts, Bryson NC w/Reggie Harris

January 27, 2019 - January 28, 2019
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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Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, The Folk College, Huntingdon PA

May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019
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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