| Suzanne McDermott
Suzanne McDermott sings and writes out of what appears to be an endless source of wisdom, clarity, and innate musicianship, offering us a collection of songs that are as intelligent and thought-provoking as they are beautiful. Blessed with a lush, clear voice and a very real sense of humor, Suzanne creates an instant rapport with any audience. She has shared the stage with Gore Vidal, Bert Jansch, Roger McGuinn, Bill Morrissey, Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Martin Sexton, Laurie Lewis and others and has performed throughout the US at such venues as Passim, Siné, CB's Gallery, Godfrey Daniels, Fiddle & Bow Society, Eddie's Attic, The Bluebird, McCabe's, and The Freight & Salvage. Suzanne was a finalist in the prestigious troubadour competition at the 25th Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She frequently tours Europe where she is warmly received both by audiences and the press.
McDermott's first album of songs, Souvenir, was released in January 1995 by Rosema Red Records to rave reviews and has been featured on folk radio shows throughout the world. Souvenir was one of Performing Songwriter magazine's 1995 'Top D.I.Y.' selections and named "Best Singer Songwriter CD of 1995" by WFMT "Midnight Special", Chicago's longest-running acoustic music radio program. In June 1997, Rosema Red Records released "The Roswell Incident", a 4-song, limited edition CD. The city of Roswell, New Mexico invited Suzanne to perform the song for their banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary of the incident.
A new album, Ephemera was released in Europe by CRS (Rounder Europe) in September 1998 and has already met with international praise. About this third release, Suzanne says: "Somewhere between my back yard, a living room in South Carolina and a studio in Holland, this album came together through the wonders and frustrations of modern technology and the generous good will of my producer and supporting musicians...Like a little miracle."
Suzanne McDermott has a rich and diverse background. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she gave her first public performance at the age of fifteen in the legendary club, The Main Point. Her involvement with The Main Point was a fundamental influence on her songwriting and guitar playing because it provided her with years of exposure to most of the 'first generation' singer- songwriters. Later, Suzanne became a member of the McCabe's Guitar Shop community in Santa Monica, California where, in addition to performing, she produced a series of 20th century chamber music concerts and designed the McCabe's T-shirt.
Along with her own creative and performance work, Suzanne has worked in theater, classical music publishing, international chamber music festivals, world and experimental music, as secretary to Sarah Vaughan for two years, and was a U. S. delegate to the Congo by managing a group of jazz musicians. Suzanne holds a degree in Drama, Art & Music, is an accomplished painter and has developed two innovative workshop programs: “The Nature of Song” and “Basic Drawing & Watercolor in the Natural World”.
Suzanne has completed a new recording of traditional carols, “Out Under The
Sky”, to be released in autumn 1999. The CD cover features one of her
exceptional watercolor paintings.
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