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.