Tonight’s concert features Scott Ainslie. Ainslie’s mother found him at the family piano picking out melodies from the records she listened to during the day when he was three years old. He’s been a musician all his life.
Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South – Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.
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.
His performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.
Opener –99 Stringz is an acoustic trio playing largely traditional songs, some with two- and three-part harmonies, as well as instrumentals, including jigs, reels, and waltzes. The band consists of Regina Mohr on violin, Bill Schachter on guitar, and Dave Reber on hammered dulcimer (most of the 99 strings). Their varied song repertoire spans most of the 20th century, including gospel, bluegrass, blues, contemporary classics, and lovely ballads.
The Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is a ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church. The coffeehouse is warm and cozy, with lots of atmosphere. It is a place where people can enjoy fellowship and see some of the best performers available up close and personal, in an intimate setting. Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is located in the church fellowship hall, which is air conditioned and handicap accessible.
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for adults 65 and over; students 13 and up, $6; 12 and under free. All ticket sales at door, no advance sales, no reservations. Delicious desserts and drinks are available. The doors open at 7:00 and performances begin at 7:30.
A portion of our proceeds at each concert will be donated to a local or international social cause. This month’s benefit is Blue Butterfly, an innovative educational media program for young Haitian children, designed and developed in Haiti. You can also drop off donations of non-perishable food at Patchwork for Pennridge FISH at all our concerts.