Due to the Global Pandemic, most of the gigs on my calendar have been postponed or cancelled.

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October 2018

Artichoke Music Guitar Workshop

October 13, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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We'll have room for up to 19 guitarists at Artichoke Music. The workshop begins promptly at 2:30 and will run until 5:00, with a very short break in the middle. Bring guitars, a sound or video recording device (no YouTube/social media postings without my express permission, thank you) and something to write on and with. "Anyone who plays guitar can learn a great deal from old masters of solo acoustic blues.Their strategies for playing solo guitar are useful across different…

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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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Grants Pass – House Concert

October 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Grants Pass House Concert, (get real address after you contact host)
Grants Pass, OR United States
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Our friend and fellow road warrior Mary Flower suggested we get in touch with the Woods, who have a well-established house concert series in Grants Pass, OR. They responded quickly and wonderfully. Monday, October 15th: an early evening of music, stories, and song! They have an email list. If you'd like to go, please email Cathering Wood at: TheWalkingLady AT hotmail.com

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Marin, CA – Magnolia House Concerts

October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Magnolia House Concerts, (get real address after you contact host)
Marin County, CA CA United States
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Our dear Swannanoa Gathering colleague and friend Steve Baughman recommended us to Amy Fredericks and her house concert series. We'll be there on this Thursday evening for an early evening of music, stories, and songs. Please join us if you can. It will be wonderful! Suggested donation of $20-25 and directions/location will be provided when your reservations are confirmed. Email contact only, thank you. Amy AT AmyFriedricksMusic DOT com. For tickets: Magolia House Concert Series Doors at 7:00. Music at…

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Santa Rosa-Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series

October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Scott Nevin began this series as he was learning to play and to perform. I'll be there Friday evening, October 19th! Here's what he says about it: "Our events are private and by invitation only.  If you wish to attend one of our house concerts, please send an email to scottn AT sonic.net (replace the at with an @), indicating the concert you wish to attend and the requested number of seats. "We place a donation basket for the artist…

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Windsor Acoustic Guitar House Concert

October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Windsor Acoustic House Concert Series Santa Rosa, CA 95407 United States + Google Map

This series used to be in Windsor, but now presents concerts in Santa Rosa --  find out what you need to know on the Windsor Acoustic Guitar House Concert  website. Doors at 7:00. Music at 7:30. By invitation only: email scottn AT sonic DOT net. The host is a former blues guitar student and I look forward to playing for his series and meeting new friends. Here's what he has to say about his series: "The Windsor Acoustic Guitar House…

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Nevada City – House Concert

October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Nevada City House Concert, 631 Coyote St (not actual address)
Nevada City, CA 95959 United States
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One of the most versatile and renowned guitarists I know is going to open up his house for us in Nevada City CA for a Saturday night house concert. Contact Steve Baughman and Joy Lynn (joylynnking AT gmail.com) to reserve a place and get precise directions/address. This will be a lot of fun!

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The Lab at the Barnyard

October 21, 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

Borrego Springs House Concert

November 5, 2018
Borrego Springs House Concert, (get accurate address after you contact host)
Borrego Springs, CA 92004 United States

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

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Green Valley AZ House Concert

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McElfresh House Concert, actual address after rsvp
Green Valley, AZ 85614 United States
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$20

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

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Hillside House Concerts-Austin TX

November 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hillside House Concerts Austin, TX United States + Google Map
$15 – $20.00

Elise Bright will be hosting us for a house concert in northwest Austin, Texas on Friday evening, November 9th. Music starts at 8:00. Reservations are by email only to: musicgirl3205 AT gmail DOTcom. $15 donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. A couple of sets of finely wrought traditional blues and slide guitar, sprinkled with some select original songs, ragtime blues, and great stories. Come out, bring or send your Austin friends our way.

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

November 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Whirlybird Dance Hall, get actual address when you contact them for tickets!
St. Landry Parish, LA United States
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The content of this workshop is yet to be settled, but I'm a fine slide guitar teacher, good delta and ragtime blues teacher, and I can coach singers into using the tools that make blues singers so emotionally effective. Teaching is a part of what I love. Content of these workshops is always driven by the agreed upon interests of those who come. Feel free to contact me before hand with your requests and questions. Reservations strongly advised. Thank you.

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St. Landry Parish Schools, Acadiana Arts Center Residency

November 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
St. Landry Parish, 1013 E. Creswell Lane
Opelousas, LA 70571 United States
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The schools in St. Landry have entered into an educational arts presenters agreement with the good folks at the Acadiana Arts Center, who I've been working with for more than twenty years. I'm happy to be one of the first artists to go perform and teach for them.

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Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop-Duluth GA

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
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$35

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

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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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Greenville SC House Concert

January 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Avakian HC, bogus
Greenville, SC 29609 United States
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My dear friends George & Kathy Avakian are hosting a private house concert on Saturday evening, January 12th. They have a long list of friends to invite and a few seats. (If your email invitation doesn't come, someone got to the reply button before you!). Details and directions will come with your reservation confirmation. It is always a pleasure to be with these two and I look forward to another unamplified evening in their home.

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Scott Ainslie @ Streamside

January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Streamside Music, Streamside Dr. (actual address will be given after rsvp)
Arden, NC 28704 United States
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An amazing venue: I'm excited to play in Sally Sparks' house concert series in Arden.

Doors will open at 2:30 -- Two sets with a break.

Suggested donation $20.

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NCSU University Scholars Program-Raleigh NC

January 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NCSU-University Scholars, Witherspoon Center
Raleigh , NC 27695 United States
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Over the past 20 years, I have been invited regularly to present and perform for the prestigious University Scholars Program at North Carolina State Universtiy in Raleigh NC. My programs on the African roots and American diversity of the blues, work, and slave songs have always been well-reviewed and the engagement of the scholars has been gratifying to me. Monday afternoon, January 14th at 3:00 p.m., I'll be back on the scholars' stage to work with the students and program…

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Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

January 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Magellan Charter School, 9324 Baileywick Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 United States
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As a sort of rite of passage, I have been performing for the 8th Grade at this lovely charter school in Raleigh for many years (well into the second decade). These sort of repeat gigs are immensely gratifying. The loyalty of the administration here is a testimony to the usefulness of my work, something I take to heart each time they offer me a part of their school day again.

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Private House Concert, Granville OH

January 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Private House Concert, Granville OH, Trenton Cir.
Granville, OH 43023 United States
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Mike Morris is hosting us for a private house concert as a fund-raiser for the local Hospice chapter. Donations for the performance will go to them. This is a private event.

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Stories, songs, and acoustic blues with Scott Ainslie, Cincinnati OH

January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Women Writing For (a) Change, 6906 Plainfield Rd 45236
Cincinnati, OH 45236 United States
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Women Writing For (a) Change is sponsoring an evening of acoustic blues, original and traditional stories and songs by noted acoustic blues musician Scott Ainslie. An authority on the music of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, Ainslie has deep roots with elder musicians on both sides of the color line in the mid-south. His experience with his mentors infuses each story, each song, every note. Come join us for an informal evening of music and camaraderie. You are welcome to…

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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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An Evening at Dream Guitars, Mars Hill NC

January 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dream Guitars, El Miner Dr.
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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My compatriot, Paul Heumiller, owner and spiritual advisor at Dream Guitars is arranging a small, blues gala with dinner and an extended conversation/performance examining the history and stories behind the music. Tuesday evening, January 22nd. Reservations please, via: larry@dreamguitars.com. This is going to be a very special evening. I can vouch for the food. I'm already drooling, just thinking about it.

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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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Beacon Hall Guitar Workshop, Salisbury NC

January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beacon Hall, 120 Elm Street
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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In support of this new program to involve the community in learning and making music, I'll be offering a masterclass/guitar workshop on the techniques of roots guitar playing, slide guitar, and the like on this Saturday morning, following the fundraising concert the night before. The workshop will b from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30. Participants should bring a guitar (acoustic, preferred); something to record sound, if possible; something to make notes on – and their musical curiosity!

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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

Meadow School, Benson NC

February 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meadow School, NC Hwy 50 South
Benson, NC 27504 United States
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My first exposure to the tradition of acoustic blues happened in a school. And for that reason, I continue to present teaching concerts on the African roots and American diversity of the blues. You never know when someone will catch fire, as I did at the sound of this music and its emotional power. I'll present two concerts here for K-4 and 5-8 grades, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., respectively.

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Wakefield Middle School: Teaching Concerts

February 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Wakefield Middle School, 2300 Wakefield Pines Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27614 United States
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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.

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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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Cottage Music House Concerts, Harrisonburg VA

February 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cottage Music, King Arthur's Court
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 United States
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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 to: doogiemac AT outlook DOT com. Directions will come with your reservation confirmation.

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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

House Concert-Lubec, Maine

May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lubec-Private Home, main street (not the real address)
Lubec, ME 04652 United States
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$15.00

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.

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

May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Folk College Huntingdon, PA 16652 United States + Google Map

What a delight to be returning to this lovely little town and this community of players, and I get to bring Reggie Harris with me for the fun! Always presented in collaboration with Huntingdon County Arts, the Folk College stresses open classes for mixed instruments as well as classes to drill down on core technique and styles for guitarists, etc. Populated by fine humans with a flair for having a good time, this is always grand. This May 2019 program…

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June 2019

Peterborough Folk Music Society, House Concert

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Harrisville-Private Home Harrisville, NH United States + Google Map
$20.00

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 pfmsconcerts.org or call 603-318-9196 to reserve your place.

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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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WAYO-104.3 FM-Live Radio

July 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WAYO, Fedder Industrial Park 1237 E. Main
Rochester, NY United States
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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 brother George was born into that house, as well. It will be fun to be on the air there. Join us.

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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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Louisville KY House Concert

July 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Indian Woods House Concerts Louisville, KY United States + Google Map

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 be made by contacting Kay at: mkaycoyteAT Gmail DOT com, or 502-409-4501 Directions will be provided with reservation confirmations. Seating is limited, so reserve your…

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Guitar Week, The Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa NC

July 28, 2019 - August 3, 2019
Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778 United States
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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 great joy to be invited back.

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August 2019

Village Club at Wolf Laurel-Mars Hill NC

August 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wolf Laurel Weaverville, NC 28754 United States + Google Map

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 will be available to community members and their guests through the Wolf Laurel Property Owners' Association. I'll be singing on what would have been my…

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TradMad Camp, Plymouth MA

August 24, 2019 - August 30, 2019
Pinewoods Camp, 148 Halfway Pond Road
Plymouth, MA United States
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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.

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September 2019

Brattleboro House Concert, Brattleboro VT

September 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Brattleboro House Concerts Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States + Google Map
$15 – $20

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 variety of instruments, singing and telling stories, new and old. Music in the air! Reservations by phone or email. Directions with reservation confirmation, as usual.

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Rochester VT House Concert

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rochester VT-Private Home Rochester, VT 05767 United States + Google Map

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 day! Admission by suggested donation, as usual.

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Vocal Workshop and Concert-Hudson MA

September 14, 2019
Ellen King, real address provided when you rsvp
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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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 gmail.com. Local directions will be provided with your confirmation.

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5th Saturdays House Concerts-Kingston NY

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AIR studio, 71 Oneil Street
Kingston, NY 12401 United States
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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 Porchfest earlier that day.

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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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Canaan Institute House Concert: Brooktondale NY

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Canaan Institute Brooktondale NY, NY 14817 United States + Google Map
$20.00

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 and banjo along with my other instruments to embrace a portion of my southern old-time music heritage, as well as the blues work and original…

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Common House Concerts-Belfast, Maine

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Common House Concerts Belfast, ME 04915 United States + Google Map

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 your reservation confirmation. Space is limited, so please set the date aside. The presenter prefers that you use the reservation form at https://sites.google.com/view/bcechc/scott-ainslie, but emails…

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NYC-Lower East Side House Concert

October 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lissas in Manhattan, actual address provided when you RSVP
Manhattan, NY United States
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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 a few songs. The following morning, Saturday, October 19, Ainslie will be offering a participatory vocal workshop for singers, ‘Blues Singing Techniques for Non-Blues Singers,’…

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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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Big Porch House Concert, Durham NC

November 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 house on Georgia Avenue by emailing: reservations AT bigporch DOT us

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Albemarle NC Schools

November 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Albemarle NC Albemarle, NC United States + Google Map

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...

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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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Seminole FL – Private House Concert

November 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Private Home Seminole, FL United States + Google Map

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.

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Guitar Workshop: The Music of Mississippi John Hurt

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seminole, FL, actual address provided when you rsvp.
Seminole, FL United States
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$35

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 barb@cattailmusic.com The Workshop: Even before John Hurt was re-discovered in 1963 at the age of 71, his 1927 and 1928 recordings had influenced a small coterie of guitar aficionados.…

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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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Charleston House Concert

November 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
River House Concerts, actual address provided when you rsvp.
Charleston, SC 29414 United States
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A first time house concert with a friend. R.S.V.P.  lorna.songs@gmail.com -- 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.  

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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

Private House Concert, Peterborough NH

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Private House Concert Peterborough, NH United States + Google Map

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 com.

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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

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop: Berryville VA

January 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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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 your hopes for the workshop portion. I'll teach the players who show up and we'll do our best to satisfy everyone's hopes. How's that!!!

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The Barns of Rosehill, Berryville VA

January 4 @ 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 @ 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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How Did Robert Johnson Do That? Fort Worth Area Guitar Workshop

January 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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. unitymusicmel@yahoo.com (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 Record offices on the third floor of the 508 Park Avenue building in Dallas. Some of his music will be resonating again in this part…

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Cathedral of Light

January 12 @ 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 - January 18
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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Harmony Playground House Concerts, Poway CA

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Harmony Playground Poway, CA 92064 United States + Google Map

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 for dessert and visiting, then a second set at 8:15. This will be fun. Tickets reserved online at https://harmonyplayground.com/about-scott-ainslie-concert/

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February 2020

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

February 6 @ 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 - February 8
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 @ 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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Santa Fe House Concert

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phil’s Studio, Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM, NM 87507 United States
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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 : philmgarrett@gmail.com cell : 864-561-5208

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March 2020

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
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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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Calgary House Concerts, Calgary Canada

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

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
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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 + Google Map

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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POSTPONED-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
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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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POSTPONED-Washington’s Mount Vernon-Private Conference

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

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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POSTPONED Sundial Books Presents An Evening WIth Scott Ainslie

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Island Community House, 6246 Mumford Street
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 United States
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THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED - DATE TBD Island Community House 6246 Mumford Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5825 jane@sundialbooks.net 7:00 - 9:00 $15 suggested donation Don't publicize until March 1, or we hear from Jon.

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May 2020

POSTPONED-The Singer & The Song-WUMB Weekend

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - May 3 @ 3:00 pm
Grotonwood Camp & Conf. Center, 167 Prescott St.
Groton, MA 01450 United States
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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!

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POSTPONED: Marlboro VT House Concert

May 8 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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