Amelia Curran & Symphony NS - BackYard Devils - On Atlantic Airwaves - January 7, 2012
Amelia Curran on stage with Symphony Nova Scotia - it's been quite a journey from busking the street corners of St. John's, but the real story here is the Poet-Songwriter's uncanny ability to deliver her insights into the human condition, no matter the venue. Sometimes sentimental, more often frank and revealing with a touch of wry self deprecation, Amelia's work ranks with the best Songwriting Poets of our time - each song a condensed meditation; a universe in a grain of sand.
You might be tempted to think that a lush Symphonic treatment might betray the intent of the self-confessed minimalist poet, but fresh arrangements by long-time friends Erin Costelo and Phil Sedore, along with settings by Rebecca Pellett are a sympathetic backdrop for Amelia Curran's very personal songs.
Symphony Nova Scotia is well known for it's successful run of collaborations with many of this country's finest songwriters - this time Shalom Bard is at the podium, and he conducts the orchestra with great aplomb. From the stage of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Nova Scotia it's Juno Award winner Amelia Curran live in concert with Symphony Nova Scotia.
With their first album under their belt and 3 Music NB awards (Emerging Artist, Country Album of the Year & Group Recording of the Year) you'll find The BackYard Devils raising hell with their foot stomping music any place they can. And that's just the way they like it.
Fancy isn't a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. They're simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well blended mix of dirty country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they're playing old styles they have managed to put their own twist to it.
When lead singer Erik Arsenault made a decision to move back to his hometown after a 4 year stay in the mountains of Alberta, big brother Remi flew west, and on the long drive home, the brothers laid down the foundation for The Backyard Devils. A dirty country and bluegrass band that would cater to young and old. From punk rockers to country & bluegrass fans. The brothers recruited Chris Belliveau, a talented and highly demanded guitar player with a love for roots music and Dillon Robicheau, a seasoned bluegrass mandolin and banjo player out of Nova Scotia to help create the vision. With a swinging guitar rhythm, doghouse bass slaps, smashing guitar solos and lightning quick banjo and mandolin lines, The BackYard Devils managed to hammer down their own sound in an old fashion style, just like the brothers had planned.
In January 2011, over three of the coldest days that winter, the band laid down 13 tracks live off the floor. With songs about guns, girls, god, drinking and outlaws, The BackYard Devils left the studio knowing that they recorded exactly what they intended to; an album that reflected what they sounded like onstage. From the first note, you can feel how much these guys love playing together.
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