Ernest is a Melbourne based singer/songwriter with an affinity for story-telling.
"If you like Matt Corby, you will enjoy what’s going on here." (Vulturemagazine)
"Great vocal melodies here" (Dom Alessio, Triple J.)
Ernest performs for events and weddings. Recently he flew to Kuala Lumpur to play for a large wedding reception. He has also played in Canada, Japan, Germany and Brazil over the past few years, taking on a bigger scene and busking as well as playing gigs. He devised and facilitated a Design Thinking songwriting workshop in Brazil for kids who came away having written their own songs. He has also taught guitar en masse to primary aged children who needed music in their lives.
Ernest also plays small intimate gigs and even played one special song for a proposal recently. He has played at wineries and in forests, cathedrals and shearing sheds. As long as beautiful and heartfelt songs are the order, a beautiful vibe is built.
His debut EP launch was held in July 2019 at Wesley Anne in Northcote - tickets were snapped up and it was jam packed with enthusiastic audience who had waited patiently for the release. They will not have to wait so long for the next gigs which will be announced soon.
Some of the festivals Ernest has played at include the Brunswick Festival, Folk, Rhythm and Life, the St. Kilda Festival, the Westernport Festival and The Apollo Bay Festival (where he won the Young Songwriter Award).
Songwriting is not about competition, but to work out where his songs stood in the craft stakes, he entered them as an exercise in getting much-needed feedback and his songs went on to reach the top echelons of the International Songwriting Competition and the Melbourne Songwriting Competition.
Ernest paints a vivid tapestry with his quirky and imaginative lyricism eg. "you wiped away my love, you are a glass of turpentine". One review says he writes with "unusual and catchy lyrics and has a sweet and dreamy voice that echoes the likes of Bon Iver and Gotye". (Tonedeaf)
His fascination for folk music has been a huge influence his own style and has lead to his interesting and beautiful melodic choices. Early on in his career his songs were recorded in a pop/rock style, but he found that he needed to go back to his roots to capture his intention for the songs and their messages and to really be able to get their stories over, so he treads the committed Folk path. His sophisticated and elegant fingerstyle guitar playing led to him being invited to represent Ian Yates' amazingly beautiful handmade acoustic guitars, built at Monsalvat in Melbourne. Check out the videos on here to hear him play these extraordinary instruments!