Montrose Folk Club debut for Canadian songstress

Canadian singer/songstress Amelia Curran will perform for the first time in Scotland at Montrose Folk Club. (Picture by Heather Pollock).

Canadian singer/songstress Amelia Curran will perform for the first time in Scotland at Montrose Folk Club. (Picture by Heather Pollock).

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The 2015 season of Montrose Folk Club begins in the Links Hotel, Montrose on Thursday, January, 29 with a debut appearance in Scotland by Canadian songstress Amelia Curran.

The performance is a continuation of the Montrose Folk Club tradition of Celtic Connections’ ‘Almost at your fireside’.

For a number of years, the club has been successful in booking artists in Scotland only to perform at the Great Winter Festival, Celtic Connections, in Glasgow for a fortnight every January.

Amelia is appearing at Montrose the night before she plays a concert in Oran Mor, Glasgow as part of the Celtic Connections programme.

She is an outstanding singer-songwriter from Newfoundland, Canada. She is widely regarded as the best contemporary female singer-songwriter, currently working in Canada and has been described as the heir to the Canadian songwriting throne of Leonard Cohen.

In fact, the Canadian newspaper, The National Post, describes her music as: “A bit like Leonard Cohen, being channelled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.”

She was the winner in 2010 of a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) in the category of Roots and Traditional Album of the Year for her CD, ‘Hunter Hunter.’

The CD also received a total of four nominations for East Coast Music Awards, four Music NL Awards and a place on the 2010 Polaris Long List.

With the release of ‘Spectators’ in 2010, Amelia was once again nominated for a Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. This record received rave reviews and found its way on to many Best of 2012 Lists across Canada. She also won the first prize in the Folk category of the prestigious 15th annual USA Songwriting Competition.

The newest collection of songs by Amelia, called ‘They Promised You Mercy’, was released on Six Shooter Records in November, 2014. She has an extensive tour of the UK, Ireland and Europe in January, February and March 2015 to promote the release.

In its review of the CD, Maverick Magazine commented: “From a Dylanesque opening, ‘They Promised You Mercy’ exemplifies all that’s good about the North American Folk scene. Riding intricate guitar and drum patterns, Curran’s smokey voice brackets personal and external events in 10 new-minted songs, emotionally honest and tellingly phrased.”

This is a great opening to the 2015 season with a concert by yet another outstanding Canadian singer.