Ernest Aines is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne. His songs range from Americana to lore type storytelling and personal discovery to wistful ramblings. His most recent single release has been met with eager ears and appreciation. The video which was filmed in an abandoned gold mining village adds to the reception of the song and is a fitting vehicle to send it far and wide.
"Ear to the Ground" has described his song as "expressive songwriting" which is "outstanding" and goes on to liken the experience to hearing Jonny Lang's music for the first time. This comparison is most acceptable to Ernest! Finally they say he has "music with soul and depth", which is exactly what Ernest strives to create.
Aines released his debut EP, "Already Found" in 2019 in Melbourne which the The Ark of Music described as "truly authentic and expressive" and likened his sound to Bon Iver and Ben Harper. He is following up with 12 more songs recorded by himself while in lockdown and has started the single release series with "So Far" and will release "Yellowstone" next.
Accolades for his songs include being shortlisted for the Australian Song Awards 2022, Winning The City of Melbourne online busking competition with "Heartwood" 2021, as well as being awarded Runner Up in the The Cygnet Folk Festival Song Competition 2020, winning the Apollo Bay Songwriter Competition and being a finalist in both the International Songwriting Competition and the Melbourne Songwriting Competition.
Ernest's travels in the last few years took him to New Zealand, Japan, the USA, Canada, Germany and Brazil, taking on a bigger music scene and playing assorted gigs from favelas in Brazil to sunset Vancouver shores to the subway in Japan.
Over several years Ernest has played at the Australian Open Tennis and Melbourne Cup and was recently invited to play for the huge worldwide online festival Isol-Aid. This year he was selected by Sounds Australia as one of the 12 Australians to showcase for the International Folk Alliance Conference and was also homoured to be chosed to be part of the Australian contingent of musicians in Global Music Match, which connects Folk musicians across the world.
Ernest has a new band and they debuted at the huge Port Fairy Festival on 4 stages in March 2022.
Weekend Notes wrote "I was lucky to catch Ernest Aines .... One to watch". More festival bookings coming up including Floriade with the band in the ACT in September.
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