Preview: Ernest Aines arrives next week for first UK tour

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Melbourne’s award-winning singer-songwriter, Ernest Aines, known for his intricate finger-style guitar and dreamy vocals, is set to embark on his first-ever UK tour in January and February 2024. Fresh from the successful launch of his debut album, “Spiral Bound,” Aines is bringing his deeply contemplative and evocative lyrics to audiences across the UK. Of the tour Aines commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to be playing iconic folk venues there, and as an English passport holder, it will be wonderful to return to my mother country to play for the first time! We are set to have some incredible shows.”

Ernest Aines, a multi-award-winning songwriter with over a decade of experience, has built up an army of fans and critics worldwide with his outstanding musicianship and striking sound. Recently announced as a Finalist for Australian Folk Artist of the Year by Folk Alliance Australia, Aines began his musical journey by busking on the streets of Melbourne. His indie-folk styling and vocal delicacy have drawn comparisons to James Taylor, Jeff Buckley, Ray LaMontagne, Bon Iver and on more recent works Nick Drake.

In our own review of his album last year, AUK’s Helen Jones commented: ““While it’s a smooth, intoxicating voice that draws you in, Eines’s excellent lyrics and skilful musicianship only draw you deeper…If my words aren’t enough to convince you that Aines’s music is worth your time, instead listen to what the venerable Tom Paxton exclaimed in joyous excitement to him after witnessing the performance he gave at the 2023 Folk Alliance International showcase: “Where have you been! Keep doing this, keep doing this!” Wise words indeed that hopefully mean there are many more albums of this calibre and above to come from Aines.”

Ernest Aines UK and Ireland Dates, Winter 2024

Thu Jan 18 – Official Showcase Your Roots Are Showing – Ireland’s Folk Conference, Dundalk. *
Sun Jan 21 – YRAS Dundalk Music Trail, Dundalk
Thu Jan 25 – Green Note, London. UK
Fri Jan 26 – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. UK
Sat Jan 27 – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham. UK
Sun Jan 28 – Folklore Rooms, Brighton. UK
Thu Feb 1 – Café#9, Sheffield. UK
Fri Feb 2 – Coughlan’s, Cork
Sat Feb 3 – Monroe’s, Galway
Sun Feb 4 – School Yard Theatre [Sli Eile Fundraiser], Charleville, Cork.
Thu Feb 8 – Little Whelan’s, Dublin
Fri Feb 9 – The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork. [Supporting The Four of Us] *
Sat Feb 10 – The American Bar, Belfast. Nthn Ireland.
Sun Feb 11 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny

[*denotes Ernest Aines only]

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