Susie Burke has been performing professionally since the early 80s, as a soloist, a member of several local bands, and in several duos, including her ongoing collaboration with guitarist and husband David Surette. She has performed extensively around New England, and has also toured occasionally to other parts of the country and in Quebec. 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. Susie has been the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the NH State Council on the Arts and is also on the Council's Touring Arts roster. She has released five CDs, including a recent Christmas release, Wonderland.
Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording since the 1970s, earning international acclaim for her music. A native Vermonter, Collins' early music education included classical studies on piano, violin and French horn, followed by a major in music theory at the University of Connecticut. Lui abandoned formal music studies after three years of college, in favor of the vibrant folk music scene of northeast Connecticut.
"One of New England's first and brightest stars" - The Boston Globe.
John Doerschuk has been in the sound business for over 25 years. He was attracted to waves and electrons while playing in bands in the seventies, and somehow continues to make a living as an "audio guy." He lives with his artist wife Bessie and daughter Sophie in Cambridge, Massachusetts. John plays piano and guitar and is trying to tame a Dobro.
Beneath the radar of the corporate music world there
are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one. A rare
combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer,
powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greenway is one of those
difficult-to-categorize performers who have found a home in the modern
acoustic genre. Originally from Richmond, VA, he moved to Boston for
its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and
superlative emissaries. Put simply, he is one of the finest
entertainers you'll ever see. Musically, he draws inspiration from all
over the map--gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his
center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all
the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central
appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway's
humanity and his easy affinity for the audience.
“Lorraine Hammond is the most versatile dulcimer player I know”, observes North Carolina dulcimer wizard Don Pedi. Lorraine’s numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher and instrumentalist include her groundbreaking Shanachie release with fiddler Gerry Milnes, "Hell Up Coal Holler”, a Homespun dulcimer instruction series, and two elegant Appalachian dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press. Lorraine also plays, performs on and teaches five string banjo, mandolin and harp. Lorraine’s new CD, “The Opal Ring”, on the Snowy Egret label, combines the traditional New England ballads of her childhood with her own songs drawn from that childhood in the Connecticut Berkshires. Reviewer Mark Flanagan observes: “ Lorraine Lee Hammond opens her latest CD with some of the sweetest notes ever produced on the mountain dulcimer". www.greatacoustics.org
Bennett is “the sort of finger-picking guitar player you can listen to all day“- The Shetland Times. He started playing in 1957 and began teaching in 1960, débuted as a virtuoso soloist in 1980 - on the In-Bound platform, Harvard Square Station - and has played above ground, at home and abroad ever since. Early influences include an EP side of folk and cowboy songs with guitar accompaniment his sister Lucy made in 1951, recordings of Etta Baker, Mike Seeger and Duane Eddy, and of course the Three B’s - Bach, Bluegrass, and Bo Diddly. Bennett's classes focus on developing students’ individual skill and style, helping you to play like yourself, only more so. www.greatacoustics.org
Widely acclaimed as one of New England’s premiere instrumentalists, David Surette is highly regarded for his work on the guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), mandolin, and bouzouki, in a wide variety of settings. As a soloist, he is nationally-known as a top player of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He has performed as a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, for 20 years, recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England’s top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He has also released five solo recordings; his most recent is Sun Dog, a collection of original solo guitar pieces. David is an accomplished and gifted teacher who has taught at workshops and camps throughout the U.S., and the U.K. He is folk music coordinator at the Concord (NH) Community Music School, and artistic director of their March Mandolin Festival. He has authored a book of Celtic fingerstyle guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Publications, and is a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar and Strings magazines.