On the North York Moors

Cinder Well

Sat 23 September 2023 - 7.30pm

Cinder Well's dazzling voice reminds us of Blue and Mingus-era JONI MITCHELL, her mesmerising music of NEIL YOUNG, LANKUM and TOMMY PEOPLES, an early member of THE BOTHY BAND. Among other Americana Folk luminaries, LANKUM's Cormac MacDiarmada contributes lush, evocative string parts to her new album Cadence which Paste Magazine notes "pulls the music into a lane previously opened up by like minded artists such as FLEET FOXES and LAURA VEIRS."

Cadence, the new album from Amelia Baker’s experimental folk project Cinder Well, drifts between two far-flung seas: the hazy Californian Pacific coast where she grew up, and the wind-torn swells of Western Ireland that she’s come to call home. Released in April on Free Dirt Records, the album’s title refers to the never-ending cycles of our turbulent lives, and the uncertain tides that push us forward and back.

Throughout Cadence, Baker expands Cinder Well’s sound to include percussion as well as trance electric guitar and expansive string parts courtesy of Cormac MacDiarmada of Lankum. While there are still hints of the doom folk that Cinder Well is known for, Cadence balances heavy lyrics with a more expansive sound that nods to LA’s mythical LAUREL CANYON.

"There’s a real weight in the opening that pulls you in, lifted by percussion over which Baker’s words really do work their magic." - Folk Radio UK

Cinder Well's No Summer LP included in The Guardian's 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020.

NPR Staff Picks, Best Music of 2020


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