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The Symphonic Amelia Curran


It's been quite a journey for the woman who got her start busking on the streets of St. John's.

These days Amelia Curran is considered one of the great young voices in Canadian music.

This Saturday you'll hear her songs in a whole new context, in a concert recorded at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

Amelia sings with Symphony Nova Scotia, giving some of her finest songs the full, sweeping symphonic treatment.

Conductor Shalom Bard leads the ensemble through arrangements written by two of Amelia's longtime collaborators, Erin Costello and Phil Sedore.

You'll hear favourites like Scattered and Small, Bye-Bye Montreal, and All Hands on a Grain of Sand, delivered with swelling strings and muscular brass. 

With a brand new album in the works, the concert provides a look back at how Amelia Curran's music has evolved during her meteoric rise over the last few years.

Most of us are used to hearing Amelia Curran accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar.

But the "big" sound brings out nuances of dramatic tension, humour, and insight that you might not have heard before.

Also this week, poetry by Kerri Cull of Labrador City. She reads from her new collection, Soak, and talks about it.