About Susan Clarke … singer songwriter, musician, creative adventurer
Susan Clarke spent her youth in the Foothills …
that bumpy space between the flat prairies and
the towering Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.
Via life’s crazy twists and turns, she found herself
living in the small village of Denmark in the most
southern and isolated region of Western Australia.
A great place to think about a lot of things …
and write songs!
Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, Susan’s songs are filled with beautiful melodies, close harmony,
unusual chord progressions and the poetry of everyday life.
Susan's musical roots are firmly planted in the acoustic folk tradition, inspired by great North American songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welsh, and Stan Rogers. Her Australian influences come from the likes of the late Simon Nield, Kristina Olsen (Almost Aussie ), Clare Bowditch and Eva Popov (Hello Satellites).
Spending most of her waking hours writing songs, thinking about writing songs or wishing she was writing songs, Susan occasionally, puts down her pen/guitar/banjo/ukulele and performs at local venues, festivals and events.
Susan’s debut album, ‘Love’s Way’ was recorded with Melbourne producer, Nick Huggins and released in April, 2014.
Recognition/Pats on the Back:
'Careless on the Ground ' - Highly Commended - SCALA Song Writers Award, 2013
'Careless on the Ground' - Shortlisted for Australian Songwriters Award, 2013
Vancouver Art Centre Emerging Artist Fund – recipient 2013
The Sydney Songwriters Summit – funded attendance 2010
The Seed Music Management Workshop – recipient 2008
Susan's recent performances include The Denmark Festival of Voice, Nanga Music Festival, Brave New Works Festival, Moby’s Lounge -Denmark, Albany Town Hall, Nannup Music Festival.
2014 – ‘Love’s Way' debut album
2012 – DenMusic Compilation - song title ‘This Place’
2011 – DenMusic Compilation - song title ‘Strong Enough’
More of Susan's Story ...
After years of involvement in the Fremantle a cappella scene, Susan found herself living in the deep south of Western Australia, in the amazing little town of Denmark … a community with more musicians than footy players!
Unexpectedly, Susan discovered her love of songwriting and now spends most of her creative life immersed in anything remotely connected to creating songs.
She spent two years teaching songwriting and music business at the Great Southern Institute of Technology. She has facilitated and been a member of song-writing groups, taught song-writing workshops, co-written with other song writers and created some pretty awesome songwriting projects.
Before singing Ba Ba Black Sheep, Susan could sing all four parts of the Barbershop version of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Raised by two Barbershop obsessed parents, it’s not surprising that Susan
started her musical life as an a cappella singer.
As an adult, Susan discovered her father had a secret past, (pre-family and pre-Barbershop) … he was an accomplished classical violinist, played various instruments in a Big Band (saxophone, clarinet, banjolele) and had huge love of jazz music.
Following in her father’s footsteps (in reversed order), Susan abandoned the acappella world and discovered the joy of playing and writing songs using a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, banjo and double bass.
She plays guitar, banjo and ukulele in her solo shows and has sung and played double bass in a variety musical collaborations including: Darlin’ Clementine (Miranda Pollard), Jess Dyer and Gertrude and the Dead Aunts.
The Creative Adventurer
Never one to follow the straight and narrow, Susan is committed to living an adventurous and creative life. She has delved into the world of collaborative projects, workshop facilitation, music business, education and industry advocacy. (Susan’s CV is as huge as the carbon footprint she’s made travelling between Australia and Canada).
With a passion for creating and exploring new opportunities, Susan makes things happen!
- Recording ‘Love’s Way’ with producer, Nick Huggins
- Shorelines – collaborative performance project between
song-writers and poets for the Denmark Festival of Voice
- VAC Emerging Artist Fund - Recipient
- Design/Facilitate Pre-production and Recording Workshops for songwriters with producers: Nick Huggins (A Pocket Full of Stones Studio - Melbourne) and Joe Hammond (Pots and Pans Studio, Melbourne)
- Quiet Longings – Songwriters project, Brave New Works, (community arts festival)
- Board of Directors - WA Music Industry Association
- The Seed Music Management Workshop - scholarship recipient
- Music Manager for WA Artist Xave Brown
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