Cur­ran events

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT lj­grant@cb­

Amelia Cur­ran says she’s lik­ing looks of 2010 East Coast Mu­sic Awards nom­i­nee list.

This is part four of a five-part se­ries fea­tur­ing the artists headed to Cape Bre­ton for the East Coast Mu­sic Awards, March 4-7. This week our fo­cus is on New­found­land and Labrador.

SYD­NEY — Amelia Cur­ran says she loves lists of any kind so it’s no sur­prise she’s lik­ing the looks of the 2010 East Coast Mu­sic Awards nom­i­nee list.

The New­found­land artist’s name ap­pears on it four times — nom­i­nated for SOCAN song­writer of the year ( for The Mis­tress), fe­male solo record­ing of the year, record­ing of the year, and folk record­ing of the year, for her lat­est release, Hunter, Hunter.

“It’s de­light­ful. It’s great to have done some­thing that peo­ple sort of pat you on the back for in the end,” the renowned singer-song­writer said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Mem­phis, where she was at­tend­ing the North Amer­i­can Folk Al­liance con­fer­ence last week.

A na­tive of St. John’s, N.L., Cur­ran has resided in Hal­i­fax for much of the past decade dur­ing which she has re­leased four al­bums — War Brides in 2006, Lul­laby for Barflies in 2002, Trip Down Lit­tle Road in 2001, and 2000’s Bar­ri­cade — and gar­nered much at­ten­tion and award recog­ni­tion from the ECMA.

“ The first time I at­tended an ECMA was with my very first al­bum back in 2000 and I was very green ... but I think I’ve grown as an artist very vis­i­bly on the East Coast,” she said.

Cur­ran ex­pects that growth to con­tinue with a busy tour­ing and fes­ti­val sched­ule in 2010. She’s also do­ing some writ­ing in the hopes of re­turn­ing to the stu­dio this fall. But up first, she’s headed to the ECMAs in Syd­ney, March 4-7, where she’ll be do­ing two show­case stage per­for­mances.

“I’m go­ing to be play­ing solo. It’s fun play­ing solo. It’s very liv­ing-roomy,” she said. And for those who may be catch­ing Cur­ran live for the first time here’s what to ex­pect — “ The past few years I’ve been call­ing it folk mu­sic that drinks and that seems to work,” she said. “I cer­tainly fit into the folk mu­sic col­lec­tive.”

In ad­di­tion to Cur­ran, New­found­land and Labrador is be­ing led in nom­i­na­tions by Chris Kirby with four nods, and The No­vaks, with two. A num­ber of artists have sin­gle nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing Karla Pil­grim, The Keats, Ian Foster, Shan­neyganock, and Shi­est. On the show­case side of things, there’s a mix of vet­eran acts like Cur­ran and the leg­endary Ron Hynes, and up-and-com­ing acts like Sharona Clarke and Bay Town Con­nec­tion.

Amelia Cur­ran

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