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For Immediate Release

May 1, 2012

Juno Award Winner Amelia Curran Tours Arts and Culture Centres

Corner Brook- Juno award winning singer/songwriter Amelia Curran will perform with opening act Don Brownrigg at 5 of the 6 Arts and Culture Centres (ACC) beginning May 3 at the Joseph R. Smallwood ACC in Gander at 8:00 p.m.

Curran who is on the road approximately 200 days of the year has never before played on any of the ACC stages and said she is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I'm thrilled to be doing this tour,” Curran said. “It is like a rite of passage as a Newfoundland performer.”

Curran has been making music for a number of years and has received several East Coast Music Awards nominations and a Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year – Solo. Curran’s extensive discography includes: War Brides (2006), Lullaby for Barflies (2002), Trip Down Little Road (2001), and Barricade (2000).

Critics have continuously praised Curran. The Globe and Mail said she is, “a singer from St. John’s whose voice has the sound of faith and experience.” The Montreal Gazette made a big statement by calling her “one of this country’s finest singer-songwriters.”

Joining Curran on the tour is Halifax-based Newfoundlander Don Brownrigg whose pensive lyrics and soft melodies will be a great addition to the show.

Curran and Brownrigg will be at the Joseph R. Smallwood ACC in Gander on May 3, the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts in Grand Falls Windsor on May 4, the Corner Brook ACC on May 5, the Stephenville ACC on May 6 and the Labrador West ACC on May 8. All ACC shows begin at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets visit artsandculturecentre.com. Other NL dates on Amelia’s tour include the Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites in Twillingate on May 2 and The Ship Inn on May 10 and 13 in St. John’s.

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Media contacts:

Heather Gibson
Amelia Curran Management
inthedeadofwinter@gmail.com


Katrhyn Lear
ACC Marketing and Communications
klear@artsandculturecentre.com
(709) 729-2340


Backgrounder

Amelia Curran Bio

With the release of Hunter, Hunter, the much-anticipated follow-up to War Brides, Amelia Curran journeyed both home and further afield than ever before. The album, her first recorded in her hometown of St. John’s, signaled Curran’s definitive arrival onto national and international scenes. Curran’s 2008 release, War Brides, captured the attention of critics across Canada and lead to the pronouncement of Curran as one of this country’s finest singer-songwriters.
Rich in metaphor, language and instrumentation, Hunter, Hunter speaks to unrequited longing, the notion of belonging and reflections on love both lost and found. “It’s Hunter, Hunter, not Hunter, Gatherer, if that makes sense,” she says. “It conveys a kind of haunting – a vibe of necessary cruelty to dig down to the deeper meanings of being alive day by day.” From acoustic numbers to full band tracks, Curran grapples with notions of self, memory, forgiveness and desire. “There is a reason matters of the heart have been the subject for artists for centuries.  It is uncontrollable and owns us.  Even to give up on love is to break one’s own heart, which in itself is a precious part of love.”
In front of an adoring hometown crowd in St. John’s, NL, Amelia received her first Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year in April 2010. The album and artist have received 4 ECMA nominations, 4 Music NL awards, 3 Music NS awards, a spot on Exclaim’s Wood, Wires & Whiskey coveted year-end and a place on the 2010 Polaris Long List. A cross-Canadian folk festival favourite, Amelia has also toured with The Skydiggers, Luke Doucet and others. Hunter, Hunter has solidified Amelia’s reputation as an heir to Leonard Cohen’s songwriting throne.
“A voice as warm as an old Hudson’s Bay blanket” – Halifax Chronicle Herald
http://www.ameliacurran.com/

Don Brownrigg Bio:
Newfoundlander Don Brownrigg wants to travel far. From the mountains and rivers of the Codroy Valley to his newfound homestead in Halifax, his musical meanderings are catalogued in his wonderful debut release "Wander Songs". Don creates non assuming folk-pop music that has spirit, is sincere and heartfelt in its delivery.
"Wander Songs" contains 11 songs of pensive, self-reflective, and morose imagery. The album features some of Canada?s finest musicians on various instrumentation and backing vocals, including former Thrush Hermit drummer Benn Ross, Down With The Butterfly's Kris Pope, radical rhymer Tanya Davis, songbird Jenn Grant, Ottawa's Jim Bryson on electric guitar, Zac Crouse on banjo, Dan MacCormack on upright and electric bass, Donald MacKay on mandolin and Kris Pope on lap steel.
This very grass-roots project was produced by Brownrigg and recorded by Halifax engineer and musician Donald Mackay at Spaces Between Sound Studio.
Would sound great on a mix tape with: - Hayden, M Ward, Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash, Crash Test Dummies, Simon & Garfunkle, Willie Nelson
2008 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS - Folk Recording of the Year; CBC Galaxie Rising Star Recording of the Year.

THE COAST: Top 50 CDs of 2007 - Dec 2007 - Don Brownrigg "Wander Songs" - Equally as comforting as a cup of tea, Wander Song's coats listless souls with love and warmth. Don Brownrigg's soft vocals spill tales of love, longing and insightful introspection. Guest appearances by Jenn Grant, Rose Cousins and his poetic platonic lover Tanya Davis on "Time Moves On" merely accent his timelessness.

The Telegram - "It takes the listener in instantly and, like a good novel, keeps you captivated from beginning to end. Acoustic based, the songs don't try too hard and aren't intimidating in any way - it's just beautiful, truthfully written music."

http://www.myspace.com/donbrownrigg


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