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October 2018

Artichoke Music Concert

October 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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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!

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The Lab at the Barnyard

October 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Lab at The Barnyard, Carmel Rancho Ln
Carmel, CA 93922 United States
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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

October 25, 2018 - October 28, 2018
Ojai Storytelling Festival, Main Street
Ojai, CA 93024 United States
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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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November 2018

Whirlybird – near Lafayette LA

November 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Whirlybird Dance Hall, get actual address when you contact them for tickets!
St. Landry Parish, LA United States
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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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Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

November 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
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$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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunapee Coffeehouse, 9 Lower Main Street
Sunapee, NH 03304 United States
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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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January 2019

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
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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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Yellow Springs OH – YSAC Community Gallery

January 19, 2019 @ 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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Beacon Hall Fundraising Concert, Salisbury NC

January 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Salisbury High School, 500 Lincolnton Road
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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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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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
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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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February 2019

High Water-Hurricane Benefit, Lumberton NC

February 16, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Robeson County Library, 101 N. Chestnut St.
Lumberton, NC 28358 United States
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(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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March 2019

14th Annual Posi Music Festival, Tampa FL

March 27, 2019 - March 30, 2019
Westshore Grand Hotel, 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL United States
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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.

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May 2019

Crow Town Gallery: Mother’s Day Lubec ME

May 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Crow Town Gallery, 406 South Lubec Road
Lubec, ME 04652 United States
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$15 – $20

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.

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July 2019

1794 Meeting House, New Salem MA

July 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
1794 Meeting House, 26 South Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355 United States
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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!

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Wild Rose Moon, Plymouth IN

July 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Wild Rose Moon, 115 N. Michigan
Plymouth, IN 46563 United States
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$15.00

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.

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Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock IL

July 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Woodstock Square Woodstock, IL 60098 United States + Google Map

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, if that's your interest. We'll talk over what would be most useful and settle on topics to be covered. It'll be informal and great.

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Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson WI

July 24, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cafe Carpe, 18 South Water Street West
Ft. Atkinson, WI 53538 United States
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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.

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October 2019

Connecticut Folk, New Haven CT

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church New Haven, CT United States + Google Map

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.

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November 2019

Floyd Radio Show

November 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Floyd Country Store, 206 SOUTH LOCUST STREET
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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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

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Blue Tavern, Tallahassee FL

November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Blue Tavern, 1206 N. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL United States
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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!  

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Concert, Clearwater, FL

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unity of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Rd
Clearwater, FL 33764 United States
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We'll be back at Unity of Clearwater for Sunday service on November 10, and a concert on Monday November 11.

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Blues Concert at Timucua, Orlando, FL

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
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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.

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Unity Eastside, Tallahassee FL

November 17, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Unity Eastside, 8551 Buck Lake Road
Tallahassee, FL United States
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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.

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Music on Malphrus, Bluffton SC

November 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Music On Malphrus, 110 Malphrus Road
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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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.

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“Beat The Black Friday Blues” in Floyd, VA

November 30, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Hotel Floyd, 300 Rick Lewis Way
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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$15 – $20

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.

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December 2019

The National Music Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

December 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Music Centre, 850 4th Street SE
Calgary, ALBERTA T2G 0L8 Canada
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An early afternoon educational concert sponsored by Scotia Bank at Studio Bell in The National Music Centre on the African Roots of American Music.    

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January 2020

The Barns of Rosehill, Berryville VA

January 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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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 concert will be $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Save the date and join us, Saturday, January 4th.

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Acoustic Blues Concert – Fort Worth Area TX

January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Melinda’s house TX United States + Google Map

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 where Robert Johnson made his first series of professional recordings at the Brunswick Record offices on the third floor of the 508 Park Avenue building…

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Cathedral of Light

January 12, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cathedral of Light, 2570 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75234 United States
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Sunday morning service at 10:30 Afternoon concert

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Common Ground On The Border 2020, Sahuarita AZ

January 16, 2020 - January 18, 2020
Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada Drive
Sahuarita, AZ 85629 United States
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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 to lead two two-hour classes on "Raising Your Voice For Others," and to present a concert on the Friday night of this weekend. Set aside…

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February 2020

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

February 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833 United States
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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 for equal social and civil rights. In their interactive concert program, Long Time Comin’, we are welcomed and wrapped up in that journey. 'Tracing the…

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Whittier CA with Reggie Harris

February 7, 2020 - February 8, 2020
Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90608 United States
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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! We'll be presenting teaching concerts during the day on Friday, optional workshops (TBA) on Saturday midday, and an evening concert Saturday night. Please plan to…

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Harmony Center for Spiritual Living – afternoon Concert

February 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Harmony Center for Spritual Living, 12907 E. Bailey St.
Whittier, CA 90601 United States
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No, Scott is not singing harmony with himself -- Harmony is the name of the place! Church service and Sunday afternoon concert - details to follow.

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March 2020

Studio Bell, The National Music Centre, Calgary Canada

March 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Music Centre, 850 4th Street SE
Calgary, ALBERTA T2G 0L8 Canada
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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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On The Edge Concert Series, Calgary-Alberta, Canada

March 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Red Deer Lake United Church, 96187 Hwy. 22X
Foothills, ALBERTA T1S 2R9 Canada
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We're so looking forward to this! Details to follow!

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POSTPONED-First Congregational Church of Terre Haute

March 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Terre Haute, 630 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803 United States
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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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April 2020

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston – Virtual House Concert

April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
FSSGB Acton, MA 01720 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 on the Folk Song Society's page: https://www.fssgb.org/fssconc.shtml#ainslie The link will also be here:  https://cattailmusic.com/live/    

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POSTPONED Scott Ainslie at ISIS Lounge Concert, Asheville NC

April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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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 music, stories, and songs. Tickets: https://isisasheville.com/event/acoustic-blues-slide-guitar-master-scott-ainslie/

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POSTPONED – The Cary Theater, Cary NC

April 24, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Cary Theater, 122 E. CHATHAM ST.
Cary, NC 27511 United States
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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 and we hope to sell out. Please reserve your seats early. Pass the word and join us, if you can.

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May 2020

POSTPONED: Marlboro VT House Concert

May 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Private Home Marlboro, VT United States + Google Map

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.   Come!

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POSTPONED – Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton NJ

May 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 East Main Street (Rt. 9)
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
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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 the music life works best! Thanks, boys!!). NEW DATE:  Friday evening, November 20th, 7:30 p.m. Two sets and all the fun you can have.

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POSTPONED-Focus, Sterling VA

May 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Community Lutheran Church of Sterling, 21014 Whitfield Pl.
Sterling, VA 20165 United States
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I'm happy to be returning to northern Virginia to play for these good people on Saturday, May 16th.

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

May 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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.

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June 2020

Sumner Hall, Chestertown MD

June 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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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, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States
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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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July 2020

Searsmont, Maine Library Concert

July 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Searsmont Town Library, 37 Main Street South
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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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 and cooperation of all will allow this event to proceed. They do not accept reservations: first come, first seated. Email or phone contact for information…

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November 2020

Scott Ainslie at Isis Lounge, Asheville, NC

November 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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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, and songs. Tickets: https://isisasheville.com/event/acoustic-blues-slide-guitar-master-scott-ainslie/

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Rescheduled – Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ

November 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lizzie Rose Music Room, 217 East Main Street (Rt. 9)
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
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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 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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