Music Q&A:
Amelia Curran

The songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from Newfoundland, Canada is now touring, starting with Sheffield's Greystones, 28 June

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What informs your music and songwriting? 
Is it too irritatingly romantic to say life? It is, isn’t it? Cannot be escaped though. I have said several times in the past it is difficult to offer a good song if nothing is happening to you. You observe, more than anything else, observe, evaluate and echo what bears repeating.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

I have chilled the hell out. I have let go the nonsense of the “cool-off” in the music scene. It is what it is; I offer what I offer. I will break my back to be better at it each time I write and record and perform, and that’s for the love of it, the obsessive nature that comes with it, but when it leaves me and finds an audience (if it finds an audience), then it only is what it is.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?

I’m writing a lot – not songs, but a story and a lot of essays that may turn out to be nothing.

What’s on your rider?
Perrier. I may be keeping Perrier alive.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
This is tricky – one forgets. I was once, let’s say, “tired” one night but did manage to get myself home, but couldn’t convince myself I wasn’t hallucinating my surroundings and was perhaps still at the venue surrounded by people. I slept in a chair, trying to look casual, just in case.

What song do you wish you’d written?

American Pie, for the pay cheque. Pale Blue Eyes, for the perfect.

What’s your worst lyric?
I do not forgive myself for the Na Na Na Na Na.

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