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Gig Review: Amelia Curran at the Green Note, Camden, London

November 27, 2011 Comments: 0
Amelia Curran

Canadian singer-songwriters seem to be two a-penny at the moment, no doubt due in part to their government’s generous support for the arts that gives them the financial freedom to launch costly international tours. Yet amid the clamour from north of the border, there are a few that stand out, and Amelia Curran is one of those.
Curran’s complex, lyric-heavy “kind of love songs” have already won her a JUNO Award – the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. They are songs that bear multiple listenings, which should encourage the purchase of her CDs, but her understated live performance has much to offer as well.
The native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, draws heavily on her own life and that of her family, and filled the gaps between her songs with appealing tales of her adventures and those of her high-flying lawyer sister. The standout song from her latest album Hunter, Hunter is the tale of a love affair ending, “The Mistress”, told in the form of a message left on an answerphone.
The Green Note show was not without problems, however. Though it may have been endearing and forgivable the first time that Curran forgot the lyrics to her wordy songs, after a while the regular slips became a little irritating. There were also a few misplaced fingers on her guitar. What’s more, the audience’s failure to come up with requests seemed to throw Curran, and finally resulted in a less-than-half-hour second set that fizzled to an end without an encore.
Amelia Curran is on tour in the UK until December 3 – she’s travelling by train and taking the opportunity to work on songs for her new album. Full gig dates here.
Naomi Koppel

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