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When: 8pm on Friday 22 September 2023
Where: Band on the Wall (bar stage), 26 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ

We’re excited to be welcome Cinder Well to town!

Cadence, the new album from Amelia Baker’s experimental folk project Cinder Well, drifts between two far-flung seas: the hazy California coast where she grew up, and the wind-torn swells of Western Ireland that she’s come to love. Released in April 2023 on Free Dirt Records, the album’s name refers to the cycles of our turbulent lives, to the uncertain tides that push us forward and back.

With 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 years.

‘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

Support comes from Sara Wolff. There’s an old saying ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and it’s this attention to detail which is woven through Sara Wolff’s songwriting. Her new EP Magic Hour (Small Matter Records) marks a shift in her sonic universe after what she calls ‘a year of sound’ and revisiting her native Bergen reshaped the homespun nuggets crafted in her cosy Liverpool abode. Now expanding her pool of people and production skills outside, Sara’s music is present as it pulls from the past, and muses on the weird paradox of time with wide-eyed wonder.

Playing, or rather, experimenting with sound has always been Sara’s superpower in the face of adulting. Following her debut EP When You Left The Room, collaboration and composition has led the way. Lacing a crimson thread through a tapestry of rich arrangements, her mix of alternative folk, rock and art pop has been honed through composition and field recording; performing as a session musician; embarking upon her second UK tour with her band and a trusty four-track cassette machine, and sharing stages with artists like Fenne Lily, Rozi Plain, Helado Negro and Peter Broderick.

‘It’s a criss-crossing journey which sprinkles flavours of Jenny Hval, Tune-yards, Madeline Kenny and Fiona Apple along the way’ – Secret Meeting

Band on the Wall’s bar stage is a brand new, intimate live music space in what was formerly the venue’s Picture House.

This show is a co-promotion with Band on the Wall. This is a 10+ show – under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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