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Studio Bell, The National Music Centre, Calgary Canada

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Music Centre, 850 4th Street SE
Calgary, ALBERTA T2G 0L8 Canada

I'll be presenting an early afternoon teaching concert on the African roots of American Music at the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, Alberta. Free with Museum admission....

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Calgary House Concerts, Calgary Canada

March 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Calgary House Concerts, Calgary, ALBERTA Canada

Dave Donovan will be hosting us for a house concert at 4:00 p.m. A couple sets, a nice break between them to socialize on the First of March. Bring what you'd like to sip on. There is normally some food available between the sets (BBQ and Veggies). There are a maximum of 50 seats available on a first-come/first-served basis. Reservations recommended via their website: https://calgaryhouseconcerts.ca/events/scott-ainslie-march-1-2020/ Address and additional details will be returned to you with confirmation of your reservation. On…

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On The Edge Concert Series, Calgary-Alberta, Canada

March 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Red Deer Lake United Church, 96187 Hwy. 22X
Foothills, ALBERTA T1S 2R9 Canada

We're so looking forward to this! Details to follow!

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University of Colorado-Denver, General Recital

March 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
University of Colorado, Denver, CO United States

Todd Reid and Sean McGowan have invited me back to address their students on Friday, the 13th of March. This general recital will include history, background, and blues, work songs, slide and ragtime guitar with time for questions at the end.

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First Congregational Church of Terre Haute

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Terre Haute, 630 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803 United States

We met pastor Kathi Elliott at Common Ground on the Border in January and are please to say that we'll be playing a concert at her church in Indiana on our return trip in March.

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Scott Ainslie at ISIS Lounge Concert, Asheville NC

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States

I'm happy to be returning to Isis, a club named for the Egyptian god before Islamic terrorists commandeered the acronym... The upstairs lounge is an intimate setting with good sound and not a bad seat in the house. Come join me for an evening of music, stories, and songs. Tickets: https://isisasheville.com/event/acoustic-blues-slide-guitar-master-scott-ainslie/

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The Cary Theater, Cary NC

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Cary Theater, 122 E. CHATHAM ST.
Cary, NC 27511 United States

My old friend and stalwart acoustic music promoter David Sardinha is hosting me for this Friday night in April at the Cary Theater in downtown Cary NC. A beautiful room to play. And a fine spring night in my former home state. There are just 160 seats and we hope to sell out. Please reserve your seats early. Pass the word and join us, if you can.

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Washington’s Mount Vernon-Private Conference

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA United States

An old boy scout pal has been a master gardener at George Washington's estate south of Alexandria VA for nearly fifty years now. This winter he contacted me about coming to play for a conference of estate/historic gardeners, The Southern Garden History Society, a relaxed group of non-stuffy horticulturists with a reported bent for good food and drink. It should be a blast. As a young boy scout, every Washington's Birthday holiday between 1963 and 1968, we'd all get up…

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Marlboro VT House Concert

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Private Home, Marlboro, VT United States

Megan Littlehales has been hosting events in an old farmhouse in Marlboro VT, bringing fine acoustic music into the area for a select audience of 30-40 people. I'm delighted to be joining the long list of august performers who've made music in that house. Friday night, 7:30 p.m., May 8, 2020. -- NOTE:  This is a change of Date! Come!

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Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton NJ

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 East Main Street (Rt. 9)
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States

This non-profit music presenting organization was established in 2014 to bring fine live performances to Tuckerton and the surrounding area. I'm looking forward to my first performance there (courtesy of Tom Paxton and the Don Juans, who recommended me to the music coordinator there: this is how the music life works best! Thanks, boys!!). Thursday evening, May 14th, 7:30 p.m. Two sets and all the fun you can have.

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Focus, Sterling VA

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Community Lutheran Church of Sterling, 21014 Whitfield Pl.
Sterling, VA 20165 United States

I'm happy to be returning to northern Virginia to play for these good people on Saturday, May 16th.

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RiverVibes At The Cooperage: Double Bill With Suzie Vinnick

May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street
Honesdale, PA 12764 United States

Happy to be returning to Honesdale PA and The Cooperage to share an evening with Suzie Vinnick. Come out for a fine evening of blues!

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Kent County High School, Chestertown MD

June 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kent County High School, 25301 Lambs Meadow Rd
Worton, MD 21678 United States

As outreach hosted by our friends at Sumner Hall in Chestertown MD, I'll be presenting a teaching concert on the African roots of American music for the students at Kent County High School on Friday, June 5, 2020.  

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Sumner Hall, Chestertown MD

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Tom McHugh has been tasked with booking a series of community concerts in one of only two existing African-American Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) buildings still standing in the United States (and the only one offering regular programs). My friend and compatriot Reggie Harris played it last year and recommended me. The honor of working in this building, with this community, affirming the contributions and importance of African-Americans to our shared history is now also going to be mine.…

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Carroll Cafe, Takoma-Washington DC

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States

This cafe has been bringing great acoustic music into its beautiful upstairs room for years. I'm happy to be returning to make music at this all-volunteer run coffeehouse. Come join us!

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Millwood Blues Week, Millwood VA

June 14 - June 19
Millwood Blues Week, Millwood, VA United States

This fine private blues/jazz guitar week is always a highlight of the years that I am invited to teach. The camp is private, but the evening concert of instructors is always open to the public: The Barns of Rose Hill, Friday evening, June 19th!

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Old Songs, Altamont NY

June 26 - June 28
Old Songs Festival, 100 Main St.
Altamont, NY 12009 United States

This august festival has passed from the hands of Andy Spence to Joy Bennett and I am, as ever, delighted to have an invitation. The festival features workshops, small and main stages, and theme-oriented workshops (like Songs of Conscience, or Blues and Slide Guitar) that feature four or five performers in a round-robin format that encourages community building on-stage, and off. Come for the day, or for the weekend. It's a blast.

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Summer Songs, Stony Point NY

July 19 - July 24
Stony Point Center, 17 Cricketown Rd.
Stony Point, NY 10980 United States

David Roth has invited me to join the staff at Summer Songs again, after an absence of many years. Held at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point NY, I'll be teaching my Blue Singing Techniques for Non-Blues Singers workshop and a Song Accompaniment Lab, presenting guitar options in the existing guitar parts of songwriters that are within the grasp of both their hands and their understanding.

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Swannanoa Gathering-Guitar Week

July 26 - July 31
Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778 United States

As fine a gathering of musicians as one might hope for, instructors and students/participants at the Gathering have carefully honed a community that is questing, friendly, open, and welcoming. I have taught here for more than twenty years and my pulse quickens every time I am invited to participate once again.  

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TradMad, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA

August 29 - September 4
Pinewoods Camp, 148 Halfway Pond Road
Plymouth, MA United States

Think of a week at camp: cabins, a clear swimmable lake, but add in phenomenal music and food that will completely obliterate one's notion about camp cafeteria cooking and cooks... And you get Traditional Music and Dance (TradMaD). Space is limited. Fun is not. Join us.

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Blues Weekend, Whitehead Island Station, ME

September 17 - September 22
Whitehead Island Station, St. George
Rockland, ME United States

This long weekend (Thursday through Tuesday) on a lovely rocky island just off the coast of Maine (8 miles southwest of Rockland ME) is going to be stunning: good food, good company, good music, a spectacularly quiet and beautiful island with a small pine forest and one of the oldest light houses in the nation. Set aside these dates and join us. For the event listing and a description of the station, etc:  http://www.whiteheadlightstation.org/

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