I grew up in California and I’ve been spending my time between the West Coast of US and Ireland for the past several years. Cinder Well is mostly original songs, but I also sing some traditional songs and play traditional Irish fiddle tunes. I write, record and perform music, and I teach guitar, fiddle and songwriting lessons.
When I’m in Ireland I love to go out and play tunes in sessions.
Definitely lie ins. I love sleeping.
Being a musician and self-employed person you’re kind of always working and not working at the same time.
But then there’s a lot of time spent that isn’t really considered work but probably should be, like writing and reflecting and practicing.
I’ve been spending lots of time at Lahinch beach, walking, swimming, and surfing.
I’ve gotten really into surfing in the past year, it’s something I did as a teenager but then put aside when I got into music.
I’m into both. Love to be fed. I think soups, stews, and salads are my specialty lately.
I haven’t had the opportunity to try many places in Cork yet, but I remember a good sushi spot near the church, when I played a small house concert with Anna Mieke.
I like doing home-y things on Sunday — cleaning, cooking, relaxing. But sometimes some of the best sessions happen on Sundays, which kind of throws that all off!
I’m a musician, it doesn’t happen often to be honest.
I recently released my new album ‘Cadence’ on April 21, on Free Dirt Records, and looking forward to touring it around Ireland with one of my best friends.
Oceans flow through the center of Cinder Well’s music.
‘Cadence’, the new album from Amelia Baker’s experimental folk project, 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 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. Recorded at Hen House Studios, just blocks from the famed Venice Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles, the songs of ‘Cadence’ search for a sense of grounding and a feeling of home.
Though California’s beaches are the backdrop of this album, Irish influences emerge as well. The folklore of the old ways still looms in her mind, now tinged with the kind of growth that comes from returning to your roots. 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.
“So much of my music has been made far from home,” Baker says. “There was something about recording in California that felt cathartic.”
Caught between two worlds, ‘Cadence’ is about recapturing the rhythms of life after a time of deep isolation, about finding balance amongst uncertainty.