Scott Ainslie is a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Ainslie has specialized in performing and presenting programs on the European and African roots of
American music and culture in community and educational settings.
His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.
As an American blues musician Scott Ainslie has a particular take on tradition. “I believe in apprenticeship,” he says, “I believe that you should allow traditional music to change you, before you change it.”
Ainslie has spent the past 50 years diving deep into America’s traditional music, on both sides of the color line. From traditional Southern Old-Time fiddle and banjo music to ragtime and Delta blues, he brings a remarkable depth of musical skill, sympathy, and an understanding of its history to the stage.
He promises to bring his cigar box along with his vintage National steel Guitar when he comes. If a 5-string banjo or a fiddle show up, he’ll play those, too. “I have to travel a little lighter when I fly,” he says