About Susie Q
"Susie Q has a voice that pulls you right in.. she is a gifted Irish artist and her new song Home is a powerful, beautiful and much-needed call to humanity that needs to be heard." - - Fiachna Ó Braonáin (RTÉ Radio 1 / Hothouse Flowers)
Susie Q, otherwise known as Susan Quirke is an Irish musician, singer, song-writer, co-producer and record maker. She is also a meditation teacher and an award winning social entrepreneur for her work in the field of mental health, originally from Co. Limerick, now based on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Clare.
Since launching her first music video 'Home' in January 2018, she has had extensive international airplay in the US, Canada, Japan, and Germany, and Susie Q has been featured on RTE Radio 1 and in Hotpress, the Sunday Independent and on the Irish Times Róisín Meets podcast.
She has recently launched her second single and music video 'Hold On' which debuted at no. 1 in the alternative category of the iTunes charts and reached no. 6 in main iTunes charts.
Her forthcoming album, Into the Sea, will be released in 2019 and blends elements of indie rock with folkier ethereal and atmospheric songs written in California, Spanish Point in Clare and near Bull island in Dublin.
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 also opened for the Dalai Lama and has performed at Body&Soul, Electric Picnic and has gigged in Melbourne and California.
About the song Home
Susie Q says she wrote the song in response to feeling disturbed by news reports of unaccompanied children who fled their homeland and ended up living on the streets or in refugee camps.
“What's going on in Syria and elsewhere is horrific and it's important we speak out. Home is a plea for peace and a reminder that whatever your race or religion, we are all one people, and together share this planet as our home. I think it’s important to remind ourselves of our shared humanity during these turbulent times. It can sometimes be easy to see each other as separate, but fundamentally we are all connected."
"In many ways, today’s refugees across the world are not unlike those who fled the famine in Ireland on coffin ships in the 1800s. I think it’s important to remember that whatever our beliefs might be, most people in the world crave peace, safety, a home, an education, and decent lives for themselves and their children.”