Acoustic Blues: Ainslie's concludes 2017 Wardsboro Curtain Call

WARDSBORO — On Friday, Wardsboro Curtain Call, Inc.'s 2017 Music Series concludes with a performance by renowned blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie. The performance will take place at Wardsboro Town Hall, . Music begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10 at the door; caf setting.

Ainslie took up the guitar in 1967, one month after seeing Virginia bluesman John Jackson playing in the middle of a Mike Seeger concert at Groveton High.

"I was moved to play blues by the sound of the music," said Ainslie. "Hearing the athletic, highly syncopated music of John Jackson live was a revelation to me. I had no idea one pair of hands, and one voice, could create such spectacular music. There was nothing like it on AM radio at the time. It was the first black roots music I'd ever encountered. The singularity of that experience, the emotional power and raw beauty of the music changed me."

From community concert series and local schools to the Kennedy Center and the renowned Empire Music Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ainslie plays and speaks of the music with passion and authority. With more than 40 years of scholarship and 50 playing guitar, Ainslie brings a beguiling mix of the African and American roots music to the stage, in story and song. With six CDs, a teaching DVD on the guitar techniques of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, and a book on Johnson's music "Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads" to his credit, as a performer and a teacher, Ainslie continues to present programs that are engaging, vital, and entertaining.

To learn more about Scott Ainslie or to sample his music, visit For more information about the show, email or call 802-896-6810.


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