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Wakefield Middle School: Teaching Concerts

Wakefield Middle School 2300 Wakefield Pines Dr., Raleigh, NC, 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.

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 […]

Cottage Music House Concerts, Harrisonburg VA

Cottage Music King Arthur's Court, Harrisonburg, VA, 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 […]

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.

House Concert-Lubec, Maine

Lubec-Private Home main street (not the real address), Lubec, ME, United States

Our new friend, Fred Pierce, is hosting us for a private house concert on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Come join us for an evening of unamplified, acoustic music, stories, and songs. Contact Fred at his email or phone number below to reserve your place. This will be a lovely and moving evening of music.


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

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

Folk College Huntingdon, PA, 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 […]

Peterborough Folk Music Society, House Concert

Harrisville-Private Home Harrisville, NH, United States

After a few years away, I'm delighted to be returning the Deb McWethy's house concert series in Harrisville NH on Friday evening, June 14th (the date of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution)! Directions will be sent with reservation confirmations. Email: deb AT or call 603-318-9196 to reserve your place.


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!

WAYO-104.3 FM-Live Radio

WAYO Fedder Industrial Park 1237 E. Main, Rochester, NY, United States

I'm happy to be able to have the chance to spend an hour on the air live with Blues DJ Dave Ziebarth on his Jump Blues radio show, Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Rochester NY, the town where I was born. I went to a little elementary school on Rogers Parkway in 1956-57. My […]

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.


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.

Louisville KY House Concert

Indian Woods House Concerts Louisville, KY, United States

An old friend, now retired from the Washington Post, Kay Coyte, is hosting Indian Woods House Concerts and has made room for us in her schedule. There will be a voluntary potluck at 5:30 with music starting at 7:00. Prepare for an intimate, lovely acoustic evening of blues, slide guitar and original songs. Reservations may […]

Guitar Week, The Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa NC

Warren Wilson College 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC, United States

I am honored to be invited to teach, play, and carouse a bit with the remarkable community of players–students and teachers–at The Swannanoa Gathering. Nestled in the western NC mountains at Warren Wilson College, the setting is idyllic. For more than two decades, I've had a place at this musical feast. It is always a […]

Village Club at Wolf Laurel-Mars Hill NC

Wolf Laurel Weaverville, NC, United States

While recovering from the joyous Guitar Week adventures at the Swannanoa Gathering, I am happy to be returning for a relaxed Sunday afternoon concert at the Village Pavillion in the Wolf Laurel community, up on top of the world in Mars Hill NC. Music will start at 4:00. This is a private, gated community. Tickets […]

TradMad Camp, Plymouth MA

Pinewoods Camp 148 Halfway Pond Road, Plymouth, MA, United States

Another round of irreverent, traditional and contemporary fun! This is a fine, and stand-out week of music, dance, songs, swimming (the water is simply unbelievable!)...plan to join us. There are a few slots left, at this writing.

Brattleboro House Concert, Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro House Concerts Brattleboro, VT, United States

A house concert in my own town, in the home of good friends! This is just wonderful to mull over. For the hometown crowd who's been wondering when I'll play at home, the answer is suddenly Saturday, September 7th. There will be room for 30, not more. Reservations required. I'll be performing acoustically on a […]

$15 – $20

Rochester VT House Concert

Rochester VT-Private Home Rochester, VT, United States

Friends in the little central Vermont town of Rochester are opening their carriage barn and home for a house concert. Rochester is damn-near exactly in the geographical middle of the state. A picturesque, working-landscape sort of a town. There will be songs, stories, music and friends made. Join us: Friday, (September) the 13th...always a lucky […]

Vocal Workshop and Concert-Hudson MA

Ellen King real address provided when you rsvp, Hudson, MA, United States

I'll be presenting my "Lessons From A White Blues Singer" Vocal Workshop at 3 pm   see description There'll be a potluck at  6 pm. And the evening concert starts at 7 pm $25 for concert, $30 for the workshop, $45 for both To reserve your place in the workshop or concert, email: ellencking88 Local […]

5th Saturdays House Concerts-Kingston NY

AIR studio 71 Oneil Street, Kingston, NY, United States

I am opening this new House concert series, on Saturday, September 28th. This will be a rare evening of acoustic blues, traditional and original songs, and stories.  $20 at the door. Additional information is at Facebook event. Please come join me. Support live music in your community! P.S. I'll also be part of the Rhinebeck […]

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.

Canaan Institute House Concert: Brooktondale NY

Canaan Institute Brooktondale NY, NY, United States

Michael Ludgate, host of the Canaan Institute house concerts is a musician, photographer and publicist for the music and arts community. We've gotten connected by shared friends and I'm looking forward to meeting Michael and the musical community he's been building and part of in the greater Ithaca NY area. I'll be bringing a fiddle […]


Common House Concerts-Belfast, Maine

Common House Concerts Belfast, ME, United States

We're making new friends in Maine each time we go. Such fine folks! Please pass the word about this October house concert and join us with friends for a great evening of fellowship, music, community-building, and a live experience that doesn't involve screens of any kind! As is customary, local directions will be provided with […]

NYC-Lower East Side House Concert

Lissas in Manhattan actual address provided when you RSVP, Manhattan, NY, United States

On the evening of Friday, October 18, Scott Ainslie will present an unamplified house concert of acoustic blues and original songs in a loft space on Grand Street on the Lower East Side. The evening will begin with a potluck supper at 6:30 and music from 7:30-9:30. Scott's old friend, Bill Gordh will open with […]

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

Big Porch House Concert, Durham NC

Big Porch House Concerts NC, United States

Coming back to my old haunt in Durham NC for a relaxed Sunday afternoon concert in early November: a perfect time of year for it. You're invited to bring snacks to share. Two sets, music starts at 4:00 and ends at 6:00. Nice and tidy set up. Reserve your place and get directions to this […]

Albemarle NC Schools

Albemarle NC Albemarle, NC, United States

I'm happy to be bringing my teaching concerts back to Albemarle, NC for Monday and Tuesday, November 4-5. These are student-oriented assemblies and permission would have to be sought from the administration for you to attend. But, they have been known to allow some parents and other members of the community now and again...

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.

Seminole FL – Private House Concert

Private Home Seminole, FL, United States

Our hosts are inviting ever-expanding circles of their closest friends. If there remain seats unclaimed, we'll post contact information here. Wednesday evening, November 13th.

Guitar Workshop: The Music of Mississippi John Hurt

Seminole, FL actual address provided when you rsvp., Seminole, FL, United States

A guitar student from Swannanoa has offered to host a guitar workshop at his house in Seminole, FL Limited to 12 students, this will be a fun Thursday evening gathering.  Reserve your space by buying a ticket below.  Exact address will be emailed to you after you sign up. Questions?  email The Workshop: Even […]


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!   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.

Charleston House Concert

River House Concerts actual address provided when you rsvp., Charleston, SC, United States

A first time house concert with a friend. R.S.V.P. -- She'll send you the actual address / directions. Pot luck snacks to share before and at the break between sets.  BYOB if you want something special.  Host will have soft drinks and wine. $15-$20 suggested donation.  

“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

Private House Concert, Peterborough NH

Private House Concert Greensboro, NC, United States

Our hosts assure us that their email list will fill all the available chairs, and they've asked us only to make note of the event here, but not solicit reservations. There may be a workshop or private lessons offered in conjunction with this evening performance. Feel free to inquire about such things: scottAT CattailMusic DOT […]

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.    

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop: Berryville VA

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

The Barns of Rosehill will be the site for this hands-on workshop for acoustic guitarists on the roots and branches of country blues and slide guitar. This 2.5 hour Saturday afternoon workshop will be paired with the evening concert for one discounted price or purchased separately, as you like. Feel free to contact me with […]

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. (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 […]

How Did Robert Johnson Do That? Fort Worth Area Guitar Workshop

Melinda's house TX, United States

CHANGE OF VENUE! This workshop and the Friday night concert will now be held at our friend Melinda Wood Allen's house. Please contact her to rsvp and for address / directions. (817) 819-6022 We'll be just under an hour west of where Robert Johnson made his first series of professional recordings at the Brunswick […]

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 […]

Harmony Playground House Concerts, Poway CA

Harmony Playground Poway, CA, United States

One of the great things about the traveling life is making new friends, sometimes dozens of them at a time! Jacqueline Silva is one. We'll be coming to her House Concert series in January of 2020 while touring in southern California. The evening starts with a potluck supper at 6:00, music at 7:00, a break […]

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.

Santa Fe House Concert

Phil's Studio Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, NM, United States

On Saturday, February 22nd, I'll be playing a rare date in Santa Fe, NM. Please alert your friends there to save the date. Details forthcoming.... Start @ 6pm with fingerfood and BYOB. 7pm music starts . 2 sets of 45 min RSVP: email : cell : 864-561-5208

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....

Calgary House Concerts, Calgary Canada

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 […]

University of Colorado-Denver, General Recital

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.

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-Washington’s Mount Vernon-Private Conference

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 […]

POSTPONED Sundial Books Presents An Evening WIth Scott Ainslie

Island Community House 6246 Mumford Street, Chincoteague Island, VA, United States

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED - DATE TBD Island Community House 6246 Mumford Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5825 7:00 - 9:00 $15 suggested donation Don't publicize until March 1, or we hear from Jon.

POSTPONED-The Singer & The Song-WUMB Weekend

Grotonwood Camp & Conf. Center 167 Prescott St., Groton, MA, United States

This weekend featuring eight of the Summer Acoustic Music Week regulars is focused on the issues that singers and songwriters face in presenting a song: from writing to introducing; mastering the material and the microphones. Should be a grand reunion of staff and students!

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


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 for the updated info and FaceBook event link.

Kent County High School, Chestertown MD

Kent County High School 25301 Lambs Meadow Rd, Worton, MD, 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.  

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!

CANCELLED for 2020: Old Songs, Altamont NY

Old Songs Festival 100 Main St., Altamont, NY, 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 […]

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 […]

ONLINE TEACHING for the REVISED Summer Songs, Stony Point NY

Stony Point Center 17 Cricketown Rd., Stony Point, NY, United States

I was looking forward to joining the staff at Summer Songs again, after an absence of many years.

Instead I’ll be doing two ONLINE WORKSHOPS.

More details will be added here!

CANCELLED for 2020: Swannanoa Gathering-Guitar Week

Warren Wilson College 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC, 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.  

Guitar Week Swannanoa

Warren Wilson College 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC, United States

Scott recorded instruction for his Mississippi John Hurt class that would have been this week at Swannanoa. See guitarweek page for details.

Focus Music Live Stream Concert

Washington's Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, VA, United States

For and with our friends at Focus Music in Northern Virginia:    On an internet device near you!

CANCELED-TradMad, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA

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.

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 […]

Hickory Ridge Concerts: LiveStream Saturday, January 16, 8:00 EST

Hickory Ridge Concert Series Macomb, IL, United States

This series, pre-pandemic, ran for 25 years at the Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum that sits on the bluffs of the Illinois River Valley overlooking the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. With the rise of the public health threat of the Covid virus, to keep the audience and performers safe and […]

WUMB Virtual Blues Music Camp

Internet Device , United States

I'll be teaching three classes via ZOOM and participating in a staff concert on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm with Phil Wiggins and Miss Tess.

Understanding Open Tunings  1 and 2. (10:00 am, Saturday and Sunday)


Slide Guitar, Essential Techniques (2:00 pm Saturday)

For more information:

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.

On Zoom: Lessons From A White Blues Singer – Golden Link Vocal Workshop

On Line Rochester, NY, United States

He calls this 'lessons from a white blues singer,' and that is exactly what it is. What techniques make black singing and speaking styles so compelling? How do we trigger the emotion of an audience when we sing? Can this be learned? Ainslie says, "Yes."

Millwood Guitar Camp – private

Millwood Blues Week Millwood, VA, United States

In person instruction (no streaming) for this private guitar camp.

Swannanoa Guitar Week Online

Internet Device , United States

Streaming Instruction in real time - See SG Online for details on the programs, schedule, and registration. My classes are: How Did Robert Johnson Do That?  1:45 - 2:45. M-F and Music of Mississippi John Hurt.  3:00 - 4:00 M-F

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.

TradMaD Camp 2021 – Plymouth, MA

Pinewoods Camp 148 Halfway Pond Road, Plymouth, MA, United States

We're on the books for Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA, but are awaiting decicisions re: Covid.

Blues, Bourbon & Barbecue: A Benefit for Family Promise

Crystal Lake Barn, Bluffton SC Flat Water Road, Bluffton, SC, United States

      Blues, Bourbon, & Barbecue: A Benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County Crystal Lake Barn, Hampton Lake Bluffton SC Every Child Will Have A Home: Family Promise of Beaufort County’s mission is to mobilize interfaith and secular resources and communities to provide temporary shelter, family stability, and permanent housing solutions for homeless […]

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 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 […]

Private House Concert – Hillsborough NC

A potluck supper at 6:00, music from 7:30-9:00 or so in a large, high-ceilinged room with room for thirty to forty people, $25 donation per person. Some refreshments will be provided by the hosts. A private email list will be used to contact vaccinated acquaintances and friends to fill the seats. At this time, this […]

Cleveland Heights OH House Concert

Stephen & Evie Morris 3033 Edgehill Road, Cleveland Heights, OH, United States

My friend, harmonica player David Krauss has graciously arranged a house concert at the home of his friends Stephen & Evie Morris, who love using their house to present acoustic music. Please pass the word to likely suspects. We have room for 25-30 folks. It's Wednesday night, so music will start early (7:15) and we'll […]

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 […]

Milwaukee Slide Guitar Workshop, Saturday morning April 22

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

Saturday morning, April 22, 10-12:00 I'll be teaching slide for all level players, introducing key hand skills and techniques in standard and then in open tunings. "I’ve been teaching slide guitar for more than thirty years. A few years back, I envisioned reversing the order in which I teach the skill sets necessary to control […]

The Wild Fern

The Wild Fern 1703 VT Rte. 100 N., 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.

Summer Acoustic Music Week

Geneva Point Center 108 Geneva Point Rd., , Moultonborough, NH , NH, United States

I'll be teaching Blues Singing Techniques for Non-Blues Singers, and a course on Slide Guitar in Standard and Open Tunings. This camp is based around strong community values with a staff interacting with each other and the students throughout the week. Contact WUMB, Boston, for more information.  

Trad Mad 2023

Pinewoods Camp 148 Halfway Pond Road, Plymouth, MA, United States

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