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Award-winning Amelia Curran will perform Saturday at Princeton Coffeehouse

PRINCETON — Canadian singer-songwriter Amelia Curran will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Princeton Coffeehouse. Her appearance is the last show of the Coffeehouse’s 2012-13 season.

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Curran started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager. She eventually dropped out of college in order to busk on the streets of St. John’s. She released her first album in 2000 and since then has released four more. In 2010 she received a prestigious Juno Award in the category of Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The National Post describes Curran’s music as “a bit like Leonard Cohen being channeled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.” Her lyrics have been described as “evocative” by Spinner Canada who, referring to Curran’s song “The Mistress,” wrote that “like the best poets, Curran packs so much meaning into each line that the listener barely has time to register each clever lyric before the next zinger comes along.”

Curran has won several other awards in addition to a Juno, including first prize in the Folk category of the 15th annual USA Songwriting Competition. Besides performing as a professional musician, she is also a playwright and actor, and has had her plays performed at fringe festivals.

Paul and Linda Ernst are the sponsors of the Amelia Curran show.

The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St. in downtown Princeton. Admission is $12 at the door. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

For 20 years, the Princeton Coffeehouse has offered monthly concerts of traditional and modern folk, blues, and bluegrass music. After a two-month summer hiatus, the Princeton Coffeehouse will kick off its 2013-14 season Aug. 24 with southern-style performer Louis Ledford.

For more information on the coffeehouse, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com, the Coffeehouse Facebook page or call 815-872-6501.

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