Ainara LeGardon
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Ainara LeGardon


Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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The best kept secret in music


"Independents Only (USA)"

“Ainara LeGardon has already made a name for herself as an accomplished musician, and now has released one of the most amazingly introspective discs I have ever heard.”
- Independents Only (USA)

"Undertoner (Denmark)"

“From the excellent opener, Hope Defeated, the musical path is laid forth, and it is followed to perfection. (…) In general LeGardon´s compositions are characterized by seeming extremely rich in sound and almost every song reeks of a necessity, which cannot be denied. LeGardon needs to sing them, and we need to listen.”
- Kasper Wurtz. Undertoner (Denmark)

"Radio Mike (USA)"

“Her music is Universal… it just makes you want to hear more.”

- Mike Perazetti. Radio Mike (USA)

"La Gaceta de Salamanca (Spain)"

“Subtle, poetic, in love, bare, romantic, raw, honest, Ainara LeGardon brings us an autumn rain of beautiful songs. Songs that touch your soul and stay with you to keep you company.”
- Juan Mari Montes. La Gaceta de Salamanca (Spain)

" (Italy)"

“LeGardon chooses intimacy, if not desolation, to tell stories tarnished by a cursed disenchantment, on some occasions only hinted at, on others more concrete (…) Her talent is unquestionable”
- Marco Delsoldato. (Italy)


“Produced by Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts), the debut of Basque singer Ainara LeGardon is a musical journey from Spain to Ljubljana with the clothes of Thalia Zedek or Carla Torgerson. Sad but intense music.”

" (Spain)"

“Insanely addictive.”
- Enrique Martínez. (Spain)

" (Spain)"

“'In The Mirror' is the reflection of the deepest feelings expressed with feminine gentleness.”
- Iosu López. (Spain)

" (Germany)"

“Ainara Legardon aus Madrid zaubert einem minimalistischen Folk Rock ins Ohr und lässt einen so schnell nicht mehr los. "Each Day A Lie" umfasst 9 Songs mit verstörender Ruhe, schleppendem Schlagzeug und einer gut eingesetzten, beruhigenden Gitarre. Melancholie durchzieht das ganze Album und Streichinstrumente wie in dem Titelsong, tragen zur düsteren Grundstimmung bei. Schöne Melodien wie in "Needed" oder die Akustik Gitarren wie in "Real" machen aus dieser CD ein atmosphärisches und abwechslungsreiches Album, welches Fans von Heather Nova oder Tori Amos sicher begeistern dürfte. Alle Lieder verleiten zum durchhören und Langeweile kommt nicht auf. Diese Platte wird sich noch öfter in meinem CD Player wiederfinden.”
- Llynya (


Ainara LeGardon (solo albums):

-"In the mirror", cd, Winslow Lab 2003.
-"Each day a lie", cd, Winslow Lab 2005.


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"In the mirror", considered one of 2003´s best albums by the Spanish media, was Ainara LeGardon´s solo debut, featuring Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts) on production duties and, among other guest musicians, Joe Skyward (Posies, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Walkabouts) on bass. It was released in Spain by Winslow Lab and distributed by Dock. Summer of 2004 saw the re-release of this record focused on the international market.

After extensive touring all over Spain (where she opened for Thalia Zedek, Tara Jane O´Neil, Dayna Kurtz, Chris Eckman and Karate), and also in France, Germany (supporting The Walkabouts), Belgium and Holland, her second album, "Each day a lie", was released in April 2005.

Also produced by Chris Eckman, it was recorded at Estudio Brazil in Madrid (Feb-March 2005). Guest musicians include several artists from the Spanish independent scene, and Al DeLoner from the acclaimed Norwegian band Midnight Choir.

The record has been received with excellent reviews by musical magazines all over Europe (Rock de Lux, Mondo Sonoro, Muzikalia, Bad Magazine, Undertoner, Fomp, Bokson, etc…), as well as the most known Spanish diaries (El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, etc…).

The first part of the tour consisted in 30 shows all over Spain, including opening acts for Bonnie `Prince´ Billy & Matt Sweeney and Giant Sand.

Last March, Ainara played five shows in NYC, including a performance at CBGB´s and a showcase at Vox Pop with guitarist Jason Victor (Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three, Willard Grant Conspiracy). This year she also played two of the most important festivals in Spain: Primavera Sound and Benicassim International Festival.


Born in Bilbao (Basque Country) in 1976, Ainara LeGardon was vocalist and guitarist of the Spanish rock band Onion from 1994 to 2003. With Onion, she released three records and saw her songs being included in several acclaimed films such as the worldwide known “Abre Los Ojos” (“Open Your Eyes”) by Alejandro Amenábar.

In 2003, Ainara started her own label, Winslow Lab, and co-founded Famelia: a Madrid-based association of self-released bands, indie labels and a recording studio.

Ainara´s songs have been included in more than a dozen compilations, including “Borderdreams, La Ruta del Americana” (Dock, 2004), a double CD in which she is the only non-American musician among artists such as Townes van Zandt, Jay Farrar, Mark Eitzel, Friends of Dean Martinez, Centro-Matic, 16 Horsepower, etc…

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