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This Month's Show


Scott Ainslie

with special guest

Abbie Gardner


March 5, 2016

8 pm


Scott Ainslie began his love affair with music at the age of three, when he began picking out melodies from the records his mother listened to during the day on the piano. He has been a musician every since. Armed with a variety of instruments, including vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a none-string, homemade “diddley bow” (also known as a cigar box guitar), he brings the history and roots of music to life. His performances present a palette of sounds and stories that delight the ear, awaken the mind and satisfy the heart.


A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Scott cultivated a powerful affinity for cross -cultural exchange during the Civil Rights era. He studied with elder musicians, skilled in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority and power.  He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller and musician, whose easy conversational style both entices and delights his audiences.


Scott has transcribed the original recordings of Delta blues legend, Robert Johnson and has published a book about him, Robert Johnson/At the Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992.) He also has issued an instructional DVD, “Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques’”(Hal Leonard, 1997. The most recent of his six solo CDS is “The Last Shot Got Him”, an award-winning collection of songs played on a 1934 Gibson archtop guitar.


Scott has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts Council.


Fans will recognize Abbie Gardner as a member of the band, Red Molly. Now that the band has taken a hiatus from performing, Abbie is launching a solo careeShoreworld: Abbie Gardner’s New Album, Glen Burtnik Keeps Busyr. A singer, songwriter and Dobro player, her music is both sweet and gritty, and as varied as her background. Abbie’s love of music began at an early age.  She attended her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father is Herb Gardner, swing jazz and stride pianist and Dixieland trombonist.  Watching him laugh when he went to work each day was her first introduction to the joys of music. She grew up studying classical flute, but found her main instrument when she began playing the Dobro in 2004.


Abbie’s first full-length recording, “My Craziest Dream” (released in 2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father on piano. It earned at entry in Hal Leonard’s 2009 book, The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide.” Solo CDS quickly followed, including “Honey on My Grave,” (2006), “Bad Nights/Better Days” (2008) with Anthony da Costa and “Hope; Tales of Love and Loss” (2011.) An awarding-winning songwriter, her accolades include that of Grand Prize Lyric Winner from American Songwriter Magazine. During 2010 and 2011, she was a member of the songwriting faculty at the Swannanoa Gatherings. She wrote and released a song a week for one year as part of the 2013 Real Women, Real Songs project.




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