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Ain ~
Ain will play the following dates:
May 1st, May 7th, May 13th and May 22nd.
WHELANS (Upstairs), Dublin
TICKETS: 10 Euro - includes booking fee ~ or 1890200078
There will be different guests on each night.
Doors are at 8pm.

Performing on RTE TV's "THE VIEW" - Click Here

"There's a bit of Neil Young to his raw-boned croon, and more than a bit of the Bad Seeds to the lurid pictures he paints of his "dead-eyed mistress". Excellent listening for the bleak midwinter." - Caroline Sullivan / The Guardian

"Wanna take a walk down some interesting folk pathways? Here's a good place to start!" - Kevin Courtney / Irish Times

"With a six-string at his disposal he bares his soul and taps into the barely there, slow-picking intensity of the gloomier Delta blues guys, albeit with a sweet voice that makes him more akin to Will Oldham". - Chris Parkin / Time Out (London)

"This mini-album of folksy-blues from Kildare man Ain is so quietly tender that you get the impression he recorded the tracks next to asleeping baby. There's a whiff of Willy Mason and a young Ben Kweller in the vocals, which compliments the sparseness of the lone guitar accompaniment" - Una Mullally / Sunday Tribune

“Imagine a skinny white indie kid tackling the Delta blues of Mississippi John Hurt…Amazing.” - NME

"Recalling the ambient shredding Durutti Column, Close to Cotton is seductively down tempo, an album ripe with nuance and sad eerie melodies" - Ed Power / Hot Press

"(Close to Cotton) one of the most addictive 20 minutes of addictive acoustic guitar ramblings from an Irish singer-songwriter in quite awhile" - John Joe Worrall / STATE Magazine

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This is his story so far.....

Ain is from Kildare, Ireland.
He came to Dublin as a teenager
Started a band with some friends, called The Opiates.

Fast forward a couple of years and the desire to be Thurston Moore has since subsided, to be replaced by a bevy of influences – the most rooted of which stem from the deep south delta blues of Mississippi John Hurt, Walter Tangle Eye Jackson and the like.

Imagine the haunting howls of Skip James on “Devil Got My Woman,” invoked today with all relevance in tact.
This is the skewd folk-blues of Ain's laments.

From the Delta blues and a host of other influences from My Bloody Valentine through Mazzy Star to Suicide, that Ain's off-kilter, Folk-Blues emerged. His song writing treads a path between the raw, beauty of Will Oldham and the depraved solace of Elliott Smith - “I like the idea of finding comfort in the appeal of bad things, depraved things… And it goes well with the themes of death, boredom and well…”.

Ain took his EKO guitar to London Town and earlier this summer, entered 2Khz Studio with Ian Grimble in West London and the result is the gloriously understated, six-track mini-album, 'Close To Cotton'.

Sold Heaven
Inside Arc
Spill Our Hands
Close To Cotton

“Close To Cotton” is now available on CD or download.

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