"Music with soul and depth", Ear to the Ground
"Truly authentic and expressive", The Ark of Music
Ernest Aines is a contemporary Indie alt folk songwriter from Melbourne. His new band plays his award-winning songs laden with three way harmonies and instrumental skills. The band debuted at the recent Port Fairy Folk Festival on four stages, where they were met by appreciative audiences.
Weekend Notes writes "Port Fairy Folk Festival highlights, Ernest Aines is one to watch - multi award-winning contemporary folk singer-songwriter delivers with eloquent wordplay. Along with Archie Roach, Ernest was an artist I was lucky to experience".
Comparisons to James Taylor, Ray Lamontagne, Bon Iver and Johnny Lang have been made as people try to put their finger on his style - but what is easy to see is the inspired and truthful earnestness, the delivery of the songs that connect people and the intricate and beautiful acoustic sounds, layers of harmony and evocative lyrics. He was recently noted to be a "a skillful storyteller and guitarist with a soulful and organic sound" by a New York Music Journalist.
Ernest Aines plays solo, duo and with his stellar new band comprisiing Jake Skellern on guitar and vocals, Kat Ades (Vance Joy Band) on bass and vocals and Steve Gijsbers on drums.
"Yellowstone", released July 2022, is the second single from the impending debut album "Spiral Bound". Americana in style, like So Far released before it, Yellowstone was written after Ernest was struck with awe at the scenes in the David Attenborough documentary examining the amazing wildlife and landforms in Yellowstone National Park in the USA.. The song has had a long road from its lockdown demo origins, and many hurdles befitting a Americana style song had to be overcome, but the release has been welcomed with a premiere on ABC DoubleJ show by Henry Wagons, it has been added on high rotation to ABC Country and is showing on CMT ( Country Music TV).
In recent years Ernest Aines has toured the world with an acoustic guitar on his back - from Japan to the US, Germany to Brazil. In 2021, Ernest was selected by Sounds Australia as one of only 12 Australian artists for the Global Music Match program, which connects artists worldwide in collaborations. Sounds Australia also showcased Ernest for the International Folk Alliance conference and selected him to play for IsolAid, a huge online festival.
In 2021 Ernest won "Best Song" award from the City of Melbourne for "Heartwood" as well as reaching second place in the Cygnet Festival song competition with "Rivermouth". "Heartwood" is also shortlisted for the Australian Song Awards competition this year in the Folk Category. Festivals coming up include Floriade Nightfest in the ACT with the band and Riverfest in Rockhampton.