Hi! My name is Evan Curran, and I made this website.
It's a resource for anyone interested in Shiprock & Anchordog, my all-ages multimedia story about two dogs who travel together across enchanted landscapes. This site and all of its contents are intended for for both children and adults. Here's an oil painting my mom did of the eponymous dogs:
I'm a music educator who believes that stories have immense power. When I write music or create art, my goal is always to expand the mythology of Shiprock & Anchordog. I have many collaborators in this project. All of our music and art is independently produced and performed, .
Here in the chilly days of December 2017, I'm working on creating all-ages music and comics, digitizing everything, and uploading it to this site. I'm playing lots of guitar, writing songs and recording. Also in the works are the new collage-art comics, which I have been scanning straight into my desktop computer and uploading here at the site. There are no ads here and you can't buy anything. Everything here is free, because I would like you all to have it.
I'm also currently planning the story for our big 2018 rock opera. Seana Lamothe and I have the Hilltown Charter School booked for 2018 for our 8th annual drama workshop and rock opera show. We will run the program for two weeks, Monday through Friday, from July 30th to August 10th, with performances on the weekend of the 11th & 12th.
SOME SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG BACKSTORY:
I met Shiprock and Anchordog about ten years ago by chance, while I was in college. I was on break at work and was getting a bite to eat when I saw two dogs and asked to pet them.
The dogs were accompanied by a man named Kiini, who told me all about how he found Shiprock and Anchordog in the Southwest desert on the Navajo reservation and took them in. Shiprock is named after the sacred Navajo monument, and Anchordog is the anchor that holds the group together.
After hearing their story from their human companion, they seemed to me like the perfect subjects for a rock musical story for all ages, which was something I had been pondering and planning for a while. I immediately began writing and singing about the dogs' adventures. I wanted to create an series of all-ages rock operas, like a set of storybooks.
Kiini now knows about the project and is very happy, and has stated that the energy of the dogs is flowing through our music. He has attended our live performances and has even brought Shiprock and Anchordog themselves to see several shows!
A timeline of the Shiprock & Anchordog project makes it clear that we've had a lot of collaborators. We like to get as many people involved as possible, and since the project is multimedia, there are a lot of ways to take part.
In the fall of 2010, my good friend Lolo and I performed a musical story about Shiprock & Anchordog at a small venue in Turner's Falls, Massachusetts. Jackie Vitale, a local director, saw the show and wanted to turn it into a musical. In early 2011 we held a weekly after-school drama workshop at the Hilltown Charter School and rehearsed with a group of 12 kids. Then we staged a big rock opera in May.
Later in 2011 we teamed up with a group of producers and musicians to turn that musical into a rock opera album with music and skits. Area children provided the voices of the characters in the story. We were faced with two power outages during the production of the album, but despite the recording process being derailed several times, in May 2012 we finally released the first Shiprock & Anchordog album.
In June 2012 we held a new drama workshop and staged the sequel to the our adventure musical. We called it "Shiprock and Anchordog Include Everyone" and it included new songs as well as old, and 21 kids acting, singing and dancing. We worked with the brilliant Snowy Lajoie as director.
In early 2013 we released a Shiprock & Anchordog single with Josh Sitron called “I’m Just Like You” which featured awesome musicians. We stayed at Stone Soup Farm for the drama program, and staged a new musical called "Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem" in August with director Seana Lamothe and 24 kids. Seana has been our director ever since. In the fall we teamed up with Greg Miller and began the Shiprock & Anchordog comic book series.
2014 saw the release of the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic and a new summer rock opera show called “Shiprock & Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs” with a group of 22 kids. Courtney Parker, who is now a core member, joined Shiprock in 2014 and performed in the Dinosaur rock opera.
2015 brought us a successful crowdfunding campaign by mid-year, and we released our new crowdfunded CD "Include Everyone" in December. We recorded and mixed the CD ourselves and used crowdsourced voiceover recordings from over 30 fans. It was an awesome learning experience. Our summer rock opera show was about space travel, and we called it “Shiprock & Anchordog in Space”, teaming up with a group of 16 kids acting, singing and dancing.
2016 saw a new comic with Andrew Greenstone, issue #2 in the Shiprock & Anchordog comic series. We also staged a new rock opera about inter dimensional travel, “Shiprock & Anchordog in Hyperspace”, with a group of 18 kids.
2017 has been an amazing year for the project. We staged "Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized", our seventh summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School. It was directed by Seana Lamothe and featured a live band and 22 kids performing.
"My daughter has been obsessed with the Shiprock & Anchordog album since we got it. We've been listening to certain tracks on repeat for literally hours at a time. She has changed her name to Cari, for now." - J. T., of Hadley, MA
"Shiprock & Anchordog isn't flashy or loud; it's gentle and sweet and engaging. It's testament to the fact that kids absolutely can appreciate subtle storytelling when it comes from a place of authenticity. It'll be fun to see what they do next." - Bill Childs, of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child