About Susie Q
Limerick-born Irish musician, singer and songwriter Susie Q, otherwise known as Susan Quirke, has been fine-tuning her craft for years. The result is Into the Sea, her debut album to be released later in 2018.
The album features an all-star line-up, and marries elements of high-octane indie rock with tracks that have a folky, ethereal sensibility. The album was written in northern California, in Spanish Point in Clare and at her home near Bull Island in Dublin.
Susie Q's soulful voice brings a raw emotional charge to evocative songs including the stirring track Home, a song that explores the refugee crisis and topics of migration, meaning and hope in the modern world.
She co-produced the album with fellow Irish artist Colm Quearney, previously of Lír fame and currently a member of Squarepegs. Quearney features extensively on the album, alongside fellow former Lír bass player Rob Malone, and members of legendary Irish indie band The Frames - Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin), Graham Hopkins (drums) and Justin Carroll (piano, keyboards). The album was recorded in Quearney’s studio ‘the Qube,’ and at Fiachra Trench’s ‘Meadows’ studio. It was engineered by Ruth Kennington, and mixed and mastered by Grammy award winner Dave Odlum at his studio in France.
Susie Q has previously played at the Electric Picnic and Body&Soul festivals, and once opened for the Dalai Lama. She has chosen to keep a low profile in recent years, to concentrate on making an album that will stand the test of time.
Her other focus has been co-founding the award-winning wellbeing organisation A Lust For Life, alongside Niall Breslin (Bressie) and others.