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Aireene is a singer/songwriter based in Oakland, CA, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana.
She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South, and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her lyrics celebrate human beings being human, stories from ghosts and the living, and identities of cultures within cultures.
Backed by her tenor ukulele and guitar, both a 1950s Martin, Aireene's performances draw influences from the deep, earthy, heart-felt voicings of some of her favorite singers such as Odetta, Etta James, and Nina Simone.
Aireene is currently working on her next full length album, due to release in 2014. Occasionally, she joins forces with The Hobos, a band from the U.K., performing as Aireene & The Hobos and tours nationwide and in Europe.