Amelia Curran provides Watershed moment for our staff

(Photo: Tiana Feng)
May 11, 2017

Multiple award-winning singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Amelia Curran played solo-acoustic versions of three songs from her current album Watershed as she performed a SOCAN Session for our staff on May 12, 2017, at our head office in Toronto.

The half-hour session was introduced by SOCAN A&R Director Rodney Murphy, who presented Curran as a fellow Newfoundlander, a good friend of SOCAN, and a true poet. The charming, self-deprecating Curran has earned three JUNO Award nominations, and one win, all in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo category, as well as a 2016 SOCAN Folk/Roots Music Award, and several East Coast Music Awards (including Songwriter of the Year).

Later in 2017, Curran will release the book Relics & Tunes, a collection of lyrics from her songs, via Breakwater Books. A committed mental health advocate, Curran has also produced and directed the film Gone, which explores the relationship between art and suicide. The film portrays the loss of several close friends, and includes her own battles with depression and treatment.

At the session, Curran played “Every Woman Every Man,” a plea for compassion and understanding; the title track, “Watershed”; and a request from the audience, “Gravity,” explaining that she wrote it while considering how people were “being mean” to her “sweet and soft-spoken” fellow singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Tanya Tagaq, after Tagaq posted a controversial “sealfie” on Twitter, defending the seal hunt.

In the question-and-answer session that followed her performance, Curran said that her music and lyrics tend to arrive together, somewhat magically. Although she continues to co-write, she says the process sometimes “gets to be like mad Libs,” looking for the right word to rhyme, with professional songwriters “cranking out the tunes.” Curran prefers instead to look for the creative spark of inspiration, by being available to the muse, and participating in the world. “But you have to work harder at inspiration as you age,” she said. “It arrives more easily when you’re young and hungry.”

Stay tuned to socan.ca for some exciting video clips from the session!