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Scott Ainslie
To schedule Scott,  contact: Susan Lounsbury,, 518-647-5916
 Considered a master of American roots music, Scott Ainslie brings a wealth of personal and musical history to the stage. With engaging stories he provide historical context for a repertoire of Delta Blues and ragtime guitar, gospel, and music of the banjo and fiddle traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Ainslie studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line. With a deep affinity for cross-cultural exchange, he plays this music with affection, authority and power.

Ainslie has spent more than 30 years looking for the right story, the right set of facts, the right piece of history, to introduce a song. He offers a personality, a moment in history, a vignette to entice you into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing.

Scott Ainslie literally wrote the book on Mississippi Delta Blues legend, Robert Johnson/At the Crossroads. He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

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"Scott's musical talent is equaled by ability to take complex musical concepts and ideas, and distill them to their base components. This allows someone with little or no reference points to draw from and take away at least the essential elements. At the same time, he can speak to the more "well versed" students, and provide them with information that expands and enhances their understanding to much higher levels. In short, he is a wonderful teacher.

I would absolutely recommend his program to other schools. Scott has the ability to tailor his presentations to the needs of the classes, and is a wealth of musical knowledge, and world history experience. His presentations will make a fine addition to a variety of curricula. "

– Binghamton High School, March 2017
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For more information on Arts in Education, please contact:

Kathy Harasta
Phone: (607) 766-3731

Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607 766-3730
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