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Áit Ait (Irish for “strange place” or “uncanny valley”) are an experimental electronic folk duo focused on reinterpretations of traditional songs – dark and deep, bright and sparkling; full of noise and life. Áit Ait is Aja McCullough and Patrick Maun. The two set out to explore the living tradition that is folk music – ever evolving and always changing, a solid footing set in the past but looking towards the future.
The band was formed in mid-2022. Patrick and Aja have been playing traditional Irish music together for many years and decided to explore new arrangements for traditional songs that normally are sung unaccompanied.
Áit Ait released their first CD Beneath the Cold Silent Dew in January of 2023. They started performing live in March of that year and kept up a strong schedule performing with bands like Boiled in Lead, Clare Sands, Whispered the Rabbit, A Sunken Ship Irony, Emmy Woods, Pine & Fire, Mountain Loney, Ghost Kitchen and many others. Their new EP On the Salt Sea was released January 1st, 2024. The coming year is already busy with a CD release show and upcoming gigs including a return to the Hook & Ladder with Superior Siren and Anothernight as well as a St. Patrick’s Day show at The Parkview with Boiled in Lead.
Aja McCullough is a fantasy/sci fi writer and musician whose love of dramatic narratives, beautiful melodies, and all things weird, old and spooky, led her straight to the shipwreck-filled world of traditional singing.
Patrick Maun began his journey in experimental music while living in Vienna, Austria during which time he performed extensively across Europe. Returning to the United States he discovered the uilleann pipes and traditional Irish music.
It was only a matter of time before the experimental and the traditional met.
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Áit Ait is fairly straightforward for live performance. We are comfortable performing anywhere from 30 minute to 2 hour sets. Two vocal mics (SM58 or similar) and mic stands and two lines to DI for stereo systems or a single line and DI for mono. Compensation is on a per-performance basis.