Amelia Curran’s vivid, punchy tunes span five albums. After living and producing in Halifax for nearly a decade, Curran returned home to St. John’s to record Hunter, Hunter – just released earlier this month. No less honest than the previous releases, Curran continues to call a spade a spade. The lyrics, “There’s a war between the parts of me, the evil and the good” come from her fresh single, The Mistress.
Sometimes dubbed A-MAN-lia for her deep, earthen tones, she writes and performs songs that take you to a place you didn’t intend to enter, but there you are nonetheless. “Like dreamers we dream in search of our soul,” is from Boston on her debut album Barricade in 2000. Curran continues to dream. Adventures await. Guaranteed.
And. Then. Hawksley Workman. Well. I. Am. Excited. This man’s ingenuity baffles and inspires. A two-time Juno-award winner, his mellow, yet energizing lyrics jolts the soul. Hey Hey Hey (My Little Beauties) is a unique arrangement with toots of the harmonica, with lines such as “Don’t get trapped in hopeless cages because hopeless isn’t true.” Then there’s the quirky song, When These Mountains Were the Seashore with the line, “before the clocks keep track of the time.” And these are just two songs off one of his eleven full-length albums. A prolific writer and performer, he also produced Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta’s debut album Into Your Lungs – short-listed for this year’s Polaris Prize.
See and hear it for yourself – Thursday, October 1st, Amelia Curran, Hawksley Workman, Savoy Theatre, 8pm $23.65.