10 things you may not know about Amelia Curran
As Juno-winning St. John's singer Amelia Curran finishes her next album, we present some details on a key player in our musical scene.
1. Amelia's middle name is Cashin (which is a surname in her family).
2. She is blind in one eye, which may be connected to item No. 3.
3. She doesn't drive. (This, however, seems not to have impeded her ability to tour around the world.)
4. Amelia lived in Halifax for 12 years. She moved home to St. John's between the release of Hunter, Hunter in 2009 and Spectators in 2012.
5. She is a former east ender, and the youngest of three children.
6. Curran's sister Jennifer, a lawyer in St. John's, came up with the name for Hunter, Hunter. ("She's good with naming, things like that," Amelia says.)
7. She was given her first guitar for Christmas when she was 16 — a Sonata "which I haven't heard of before or since." She bought it at Griffiths Guitar Works. Before that, she tried playing her brother's left-handed guitar: "I would steal it and try and play it upside down."
8. Her favourite animals are bats. "I love bats...I have an unexplained, mysterious fondness for bats," she says. "I like how the fly like they're tripping over themselves."
9. In her CD player — yes, an actual CD player — you will currently find a Charles Mingus album. (An honourable mention goes to her fondness for local group Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind.)
10. Her upcoming album will be titled They Promised You Mercy, which is a line in a song on the album called Somebody Somewhere .
'Things are getting a bit epic'
Amelia has just finished up writing and recording her new album which she says is "going to be quite large." The 13-track album was recorded at Revolution Studios in Toronto.
"There's a lot going on," she said in an interview. "Some things are getting a bit epic."
Curran said They Promised You Mercy will feature a lot more diverse instrumentation than on her earlier albums. The album is set to be released in September.
She is currently enjoying some downtime in St. John's, where she likes to be a tourist ... when she isn't doing her taxes or housework.
"I'd love to be iceberg-watching all the time," she said, or catching up on the ever-growing local music scene in St. John's.
"When I get home and walk around Water and Duckworth, [I] see all these posters and I don't recognize any of the band names, and then I take it personally," she joked.
Curran will begin touring in Ontario to promote her upcoming album in July.
Local audiences can catch Amelia Curran, as well as Katie Baggs, at the Signal Hill Visitor Centre on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each (cash only) and are on sale at O'Brien's Music, 278 Water St.