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Special House Concert
Saturday, April 21st
SUSIE BURKE & DAVID SURETTE
House concert in Clarksville, MD
Suggested Donation $15 – $20
Doors open 7:00 ● Showtime 7:30 pm
Must RSVP to reserve a space: firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.531.5617
Address and directions will be provided after reservation.
BYOB and kindly bring snacks, hors d’oeuvre to share.
Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music.
Burke’s vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette’s fluid guitar fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they have appeared as backing musicians on numerous recordings. Many of these have come out of the New Hampshire Seacoast area, where Susie and David are based, and which has a well-deserved reputation as a haven for folk and acoustic music.
Susie Burke has been singing on Seacoast stages since the early 80s, as a soloist, a member of several local bands, and in several duos, including one with guitar whiz Harvey Reid. Her musical tastes and influences are varied and many, encompassing contemporary and traditional folk, swing, country, topical songs, and acapella singing, with detours along the way for Broadway showtunes and classic ballads. “She posesses one of the finest, purest ballad sopranos heard in folk music today” writes Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe, noting that “her phrasing is unerringly devoted to the lyric” and that “Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords — all too rare in these clever and cynical times.”
Before devoting her energies to music full-time, Burke worked as a day-care teacher, and her love of kids is evident in her wonderful participatory children’s concerts.
David Surette has been performing in the Seacoast area since the mid-80s, both with Susie and with a number of other groups and musicians. He is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician. As a multi-instrumentalist, David brings a variety of stringed sounds to the duo; Folk Roots magazine notes that his “bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin playing is exemplary.”
In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School. He was awarded an NEA travel grant in 1994 to study the traditional music of Brittany, France, and has written a book of Celtic guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Music.
Recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the NH State Council on the Arts in 1993, Susie and David are also on the Council’s Touring Arts roster. They have released five albums since 1990 on the Madrina Music label, to positive response from both critics and audiences. Their latest recording, a duo effort titled Waiting for the Sun, was released in 2015. Together, they bring skill, taste, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music, and are bringing their music to an ever-widening circle of listeners.
Tickets available at www.baltimoreirisharts.com home page.
Bringing in some of the world’s most talented Irish traditional musicians and dancers from around North America and Ireland, the Baltimore Irish Trad Fest is an annual weekend of educational music and dance workshops, sessions and a concert held at various venues around the city of Baltimore. Class offerings include guitar, fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion, piano, songs, banjo, bodhran and more.
A weekend of workshops, performances and sessions in Irish traditional music, dance and song: www.baltimoreirisharts.com
Instructors / Workshops offered:
Button Accordion (All Levels) – Billy McComiskey
Fiddle (Advanced) – Liz Carroll
Fiddle (Intermediate) – Patrick Ourceau
Fiddle (Fundamentals) – Jim Eagan
Flute (Advanced) – Sean Gavin
Tin Whistle (Intermediate / Advanced) – Kathleen Conneely
Flute/Tin Whistle (Fundamentals) – Josh Dukes
Uilleann Pipes (All Levels) – Eliot Grasso
Tenor Banjo (Intermediate & Advanced) – Pauline Conneely
Mandolin (All Levels) – Bob Smith
Concertina (All Levels) – Alex Boatright
Guitar (DADGAD – Intermediate/Advanced) – Dáithí Sproule
Piano (Intermediate / Advanced) – Donna Long
Bodhran (Intermediate / Advanced) – Mathew Bell
Bodhran (Fundamentals) – Myron Bretholz
Songs – Patrick Egan
Sean Nos Dance – Shannon Dunne
Irish Social Dance – Megan Downes
Director – Laura Byrne