Ernest Aines is a new-wave-old-folk-singer-songwriter from Melbourne. His songs range from lore type storytelling and personal discovery to wistful ramblings.
Ernest released his debut EP, "Already Found" to a sold out launch in 2019 in Melbourne. He is following up with 10 more songs recorded himself while in lockdown and is mixing them ready for release early 2021.
Ernest paints a vivid tapestry with his refined lyricism, beautiful fingerpicking style and his search beyond the formulaic and derivative. His melodies are riddled with understated complexity, sounds disengage the listeners' defences and deliver messages straight to the heart. He has earned accolades for his songs from a broad spectrum of listeners. In 2020 he has won the City of Melbourne online busking competition as well as placing second in the song competition at The Cygnet Folk Festival. Add to that the winning of the Apollo Bay Young Songwriter Competition plus reaching the finals in both the International Songwriting Competition and the Melbourne Songwriting Competition.
Over the past few years Ernest has travelled to New Zealand, Japan, the USA, Canada, Germany and Brazil taking on a bigger music scene and playing various types of events and gigs. He has been on the bill at festivals in australia including The Westernport Festival 2019, The St Kilda Festival (several years), Folk Rhythm and Life Festival as well as The Apollo Bay Festival.