"This is our jaw dropping act of the season...she gathered some of the best musicians in town around her...She has taken off like a rocket ship and everyone is suddenly in love with the music and show of Aireene Espiritu...You might like to say, "Remember When" a short way up the musical road." - Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage
"I love what I heard, It's perfect for my kinda folk show-- bright, melodic,rootsy and with excellent vocals and hot pickin' too. What else can a lifelong Folk DJ ask for."
- Gene Shay, aka The Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music, WXPN Radio, The Folk Show
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 music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.
Her latest album, Put Back Charlie, was released in the Summer 2014, and tours solo and as well as with her band as Aireene & The Rarities. Here is more information with videos and audio: http://www.aireeneespiritu.com