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Artichoke Music Concert

Artichoke Music 2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR, United States

Taking advantage of the proximity effect to renew our bi-coastal friendship, Mary Flower and I will be splitting the bill at this august little music shop, Café Artichoke. Please come join us for some dazzling guitar work and great vocals. We'll be having a great deal of fun!

The Lab at the Barnyard

The Lab at The Barnyard Carmel Rancho Ln, Carmel, CA, United States

A friend of two different friends in the Carmel area, Kiki Wow has set up this Sunday afternoon concert at The Lab.

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Ojai Storytelling Festival – California

Ojai Storytelling Festival Main Street, Ojai, CA, 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 […]

Whirlybird – near Lafayette LA

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 […]

Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

Red Clay Music Foundry 3116 Main Street, Duluth, GA, United States

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 […]

$20

Sunapee Coffee House

Sunapee Coffeehouse 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH, 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.

The Peace Center, Greenville SC with Poet Glenis Redmond

The Peace Center 101 W. Broad St., Greenville, SC, 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 […]

Yellow Springs OH – YSAC Community Gallery

YSAC Community Gallery 111 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, OH, 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.

Beacon Hall Fundraising Concert, Salisbury NC

Salisbury High School 500 Lincolnton Road, Salisbury, NC, 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 […]

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

Swain County Center for the Arts 1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City, NC, 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 […]

High Water-Hurricane Benefit, Lumberton NC

Robeson County Library 101 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton, NC, 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 […]

14th Annual Posi Music Festival, Tampa FL

Westshore Grand Hotel 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL, United States

I'll be teaching in the pre-conference song school, and offering one of the two keynote addresses/performances (Bounded by Silence: Songs of Change). There will be a lot of good music and good energy here. Come join us.

Crow Town Gallery: Mother’s Day Lubec ME

Crow Town Gallery 406 South Lubec Road, Lubec, ME, United States

Having spent the intervening week in Nova Scotia, I'll be coming back through to Lubec, Maine to play a larger venue on Mother's Day, Sunday May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

$15 – $20

1794 Meeting House, New Salem MA

1794 Meeting House 26 South Main Street, New Salem, MA, United States

Brad Foster and the good volunteers at this Meeting House concert series have invited us to come for Saturday evening, July 13. Music starts at 7:30. This should be a magnificent venue for sound!

Wild Rose Moon, Plymouth IN

Wild Rose Moon 115 N. Michigan, Plymouth, IN, United States

A Friday evening concert followed by a Saturday morning radio show at the Wild Rose Moon in historic downtown Plymouth, Indiana with our host George Schricker: great fun to be had.

$15.00

Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock IL

Woodstock Square Woodstock, IL, United States

The 34th Annual Woodstock (IL) Folk Festival takes place Sunday, July 21 from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Woodstock Square in Woodstock, IL. (RAIN location: Unity Spiritual Center, 225 W. Calhoun, Woodstock IL). I'll be presenting a 40-minute set there, followed by a 45-minute acoustic blues &/or slide guitar workshop. Bring your guitars! And slides, […]

Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson WI

Cafe Carpe 18 South Water Street West, Ft. Atkinson, WI, United States

How nice to be returning to this relaxed and friendly venue again. Wednesday night, so mark up your calendar and come to join us if you can. Spend hump day listening to some great slide guitar, fine singing, and stories of the blues.

Connecticut Folk, New Haven CT

First Presbyterian Church New Haven, CT, United States

This non-profit organization programs from October to May, with April being sequestered for auditions for the annual CT Folk Fest Emerging Artists' Stage. I'll be their opener this year and am looking forward to it.

Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier CA

I will be returning to the scene of my only double-bill with David Lindley, for another evening of great music with my friend Reggie Harris. We'll be doing teaching concerts on Friday for school groups and public concert on Saturday night. Mark your calendar if you're in the LA area and come join us.

Floyd Radio Show

Floyd Country Store 206 SOUTH LOCUST STREET, Floyd, VA, United States

Scott will be a featured artist on this monthly radio show - broadcast live from the Floyd Country Store, in Floyd, VA.

 Listen live at 7:30

Blue Tavern, Tallahassee FL

Blue Tavern 1206 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL, United States

I'm happy to be returning to this little Tallahassee stand-by. Carrie Hamby and her crew always make us welcome. Come join us. A low $10 cover for the evening and a couple sets of fine singing, playing and storytelling are sure to be yours. Please pass the word and bring a friend!  

Concert, Clearwater, FL

Unity of Clearwater 2465 Nursery Rd, Clearwater, FL, United States

We'll be back at Unity of Clearwater for Sunday service on November 10, and a concert on Monday November 11.

Blues Concert at Timucua, Orlando, FL

Timucua 2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL, United States

A concert in a wonderful-looking and sounding venue:  Timucua.

Doors open at 7:00
Introductions at 7:30

Music (live-cast) starts at 7:38!

Not in Florida?  You can watch from anywhere!  www.youtube.com/TimucuaArts   7:38 E.S.T.

Unity Eastside, Tallahassee FL

Unity Eastside 8551 Buck Lake Road, Tallahassee, FL, United States

My musical brother Darryl Steele has paved the way for me to join him and the musical director Vicki Herlovich for a service at 10:30 Sunday morning. It will be good to be with them both again.

Music on Malphrus, Bluffton SC

Music On Malphrus 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, United States

Music On Malphrus is a concert series hosted by the UU Congregation of the Low Country in Bluffton SC. Doors open at 6:00, music at 7:00 p.m. There's room for around 125 people. Reservations are recommended, but not required.

“Beat The Black Friday Blues” in Floyd, VA

Hotel Floyd 300 Rick Lewis Way, Floyd, VA, United States

Got the Black Friday Blues? Come to Floyd, Virginia on Saturday for a day of Blues Guitar Workshops and an evening concert. Stay over at the venue Hotel Floyd at a special discounted room rate.

$15 – $20

The National Music Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

National Music Centre 850 4th Street SE, Calgary, ALBERTA, Canada

An early afternoon educational concert sponsored by Scotia Bank at Studio Bell in The National Music Centre on the African Roots of American Music.    

The Barns of Rosehill, Berryville VA

The Barns of Rose Hill 95 Chalmers Ct, Berryville, VA, United States

ALERT!!! TIME CHANGE!!! Doors open at 7:00; music at 8:00; an open session following the concert for those who'd like to play. They're building a scene and a community at the Barns and I'm happy to be a part of that. The workshop in the afternoon is $40 alone, $50 with the concert included. The […]

Acoustic Blues Concert – Fort Worth Area TX

Melinda's house TX, United States

CHANGE OF VENUE! This concert and the Saturday Guitar Workshop will now be held at our friend Melinda Wood Allen’s house. Please contact her to rsvp and for address / directions. unitymusicmel@yahoo.com (817) 819-6022 House opens at 7:00 Friday, January 10, 2020 and music starts at 7:30. We'll be just under an hour west of […]

Cathedral of Light

Cathedral of Light 2570 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX, United States

Sunday morning service at 10:30 Afternoon concert

Common Ground On The Border 2020, Sahuarita AZ

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ, United States

The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ of Sahuarita, Arizona and Common Ground On The Hill in Westminster, Maryland cooperate in the production of this program examining the common ground we all share, regardless of where the border is drawn between us: race, class, religion, or nationality. It will be my honor to join them […]

Muckenthaler Cultural Center: Long Time Comin’ w/Reggie Harris

Muckenthaler Cultural Center 1201 W. Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, CA, United States

We're coming to Fullerton CA to this Cultural Center for a Thursday evening presentation. Please save the date and join us there. About my work with Reggie Harris: "Standing in concert, armed with a variety of acoustic instruments, stories, and songs, Scott Ainslie and Reggie Harris–passionate performers and friends–personalize America’s history and the shared struggle […]

Whittier CA with Reggie Harris

Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA, United States

I'm happy to be returning to the scene of my double-bill performance with the august David Lindley (the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts) with my friend and sometime stage partner Reggie Harris. I have very fond memories of this stage and the community of volunteers who help staff the concerts and events! […]

Harmony Center for Spiritual Living – afternoon Concert

Harmony Center for Spritual Living 12907 E. Bailey St., Whittier, CA, United States

No, Scott is not singing harmony with himself -- Harmony is the name of the place! Church service and Sunday afternoon concert - details to follow.

Studio Bell, The National Music Centre, Calgary Canada

National Music Centre 850 4th Street SE, Calgary, ALBERTA, 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....

POSTPONED-First Congregational Church of Terre Haute

First Congregational Church of Terre Haute 630 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, IN, 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.

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston – Virtual House Concert

FSSGB Acton, MA, United States

Originally we were hoping to combine a Saturday house concert with a Sunday vocal workshop. We've had to cancel the workshop, but the concert will go on as a "virtual house concert" (Saturday evening, April 18 at 8 pm as originally scheduled) Information about how to join us online for this concert WILL BE posted […]

POSTPONED Scott Ainslie at ISIS Lounge Concert, Asheville NC

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, United States

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020 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 […]

POSTPONED – The Cary Theater, Cary NC

The Cary Theater 122 E. CHATHAM ST., Cary, NC, United States

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED - DATE TBD 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 […]

POSTPONED: Marlboro VT House Concert

Private Home Marlboro, VT, United States

We hope to be able to reschedule this -- some time! 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. […]

POSTPONED – Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton NJ

Lizzie Rose Music Room 217 East Main Street (Rt. 9), Tuckerton, NJ, United States

THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2020. 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 […]

POSTPONED-Focus, Sterling VA

Community Lutheran Church of Sterling 21014 Whitfield Pl., Sterling, VA, United States

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

ONLINE LIVE-STREAM, co-sponsored with RiverVibes Concerts and The Cooperage Project

YOUR LIVING ROOM...

Scott's ONLINE Streaming concert will be a 4:00 pm EDT Sunday afternoon, in hopes of making it easier for our friends in the U.K. and Europe,  where it will be 9:00 pm.  For west-coast friends, it will be 1:00 p.m.

Please bookmark and check the page at https://cattailmusic.com/live/ for the updated info and FaceBook event link.

Sumner Hall, Chestertown MD

Sumner Hall 206 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD, 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 […]

Carroll Cafe, Takoma-Washington DC

Seekers Church 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC, 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!

Searsmont, Maine Library Concert

Searsmont Town Library 37 Main Street South, Searsmont, ME, United States

We met Steven Brown, the library director, when Scott played in Belfast last fall. He heard the radio show Scott did and contacted us right away, and we were able to get him in for the concert in Belfast. We've agreed on a date for a concert at the library, and hope that the health […]

Scott Ainslie at Isis Lounge, Asheville, NC

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, United States

This is the date rescheduled from April, 2020. 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, […]

Rescheduled – Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ

Lizzie Rose Music Room 217 East Main Street (Rt. 9), Tuckerton, NJ, United States

THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 2020 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 […]

Live in person at Caffe Lena (and also livestreaming)

Caffe Lena 47 Phila Street / P.O. Box 245 , Saratoga Springs, NY, United States

I'll be playing in the same room with a live audience for the first time since March 2020. Seating will be limited -- get tickets via their Event Brite page. For those of you who can't be in the room, the concert will be live-streamed on a donation basis here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_I4N_VG7rE

ISIS – Asheville, NC

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC, United States

Happy to be back in Asheville, NC.

Outdoor concert for the Searsmont, ME Town Library

Searsmont Town Library 37 Main Street South, Searsmont, ME, United States

We met Steven Brown when we were in Maine a few years back, and had to cancel a concert last fall.  We're delighted to be returning to this beautiful area for an outdoor concert. Note:  this will be an outdoor afternoon concert, with a raindate on Sunday.

UU Church Concert: Music on Malphrus, Bluffton SC

Music On Malphrus 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, United States

        October 7, 2022 7:00 p.m. Music on Malphrus RETURNS Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Low Country 110 Malphrus Road Bluffton, SC tel. 843-837-3330 https://www.uulowcountry.org/music-on-malphrus.html This is the first show since the pandemic shuttered this wonderful acoustic music series and I'm proud to be helping them start up again. This show was […]

Friday Concert (& Saturday morning Workshop) – Milwaukee WI

Zao MKE Church 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI, United States

The good people at Make Our Own Music (MOO) are hosting me for a Music Gathering at the Zao MKE Church in Milwaukee. I'll be giving an evening concert on Friday, April 21 and a  two-hour workshop on Slide Guitar in Standard and Open Tunings Saturday morning, April 22. Suggested donation of $20 for the […]

The Wild Fern

The Wild Fern 1703 VT Rte. 100 N. spreadintheluv@gmail.com, Stockbridge, VT, United States

Heather Lynne & Rick Redington established this charming Stockbridge VT venue, playing for tips on the weekends. When the pandemic hit, they took a step toward a bakery and restaurant for takeout. Now, we are all venturing back into in-person performances. House opens at 6:00, music from 7:00-8:30. $20 cover. Join us.

Sunapee Coffeehouse

Sunapee Coffeehouse 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH, United States

This is a lovely, community-oriented acoustic music series. The Venue, an old church, opens at 6:00. Music 7:00-9:00. Refreshments on offer, too. Suggested donation of $15.00-20.00/person. All are welcome.    

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