Singer-songwriter Buck Curran was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is now based in Bergamo, Italy and Maine, USA. Buck was introduced to the music of Bert Jansch (and Pentangle) by Smithsonian Folk-Legacy artist Bob Zentz, while working at Ramblin Conrad’s – an instrument shop, folklore centre and music venue in Norfolk, Virginia. Already captivated by the folk, rock and classical of his parents’ record collection, he immediately felt a deep connection with Bert’s music.
Buck has toured extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe as a solo artist and with his folk duo Arborea with Shanti, drawing inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s (Pentangle, Bert Jansch, Robbie Basho, Sandy Denny, Davey Graham and Peter Green).
Song for Liam
A piece by Buck Curran for Bert Jansch
“All the elements of Bert’s guitar playing, songwriting and singing have provided lifelong inspiration for me. The primary melody for this composition, dedicated to my son Liam, manifested in my thoughts quite out of the blue one day. I knew I wanted to use a combination of melodic and harmonic elements that would give the feeling of Irish music, blues and jazz, all merged into one piece – something I hear in Bert’s guitar music. So, I particularly drew from the inspiration of Bert to develop certain chordal movements that can be found my piece”.