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One of Ireland's most expressive voices...

As "Susan McKeown & The Chanting House" she performed at clubs such as Sin-é, Fez, the Bottom Line and the Bowery Ballroom, and recorded a cassette album – Snakes – in 1993.

But it was the release of Bones in 1995 – an album of original songs with her take on a centuries-old keen (caoineadh) and an arrangement of Robert Burns' "Westlin' Winds", later recorded by Fairport Convention – that earned her a reputation as a singer-songwriter and launched her solo touring and recording career.

In 1997 she recorded three albums: her own Bushes & Briars (Alula); Peter & Wendy, the soundtrack to the Obie Award-winning Mabou Mines theatrical production of the same name, which was composed by Johnny Cunningham; and Through the Bitter Frost & Snow,
a collaboration with bassist Lindsey Horner.

At this time, she began to divide her work into albums of traditional music (Bushes and Briars, 1998) and singer-songwriter albums (Bones, 1995; Prophecy, 2002).


McKeown suggested to Cathie Ryan and Robin Spielberg the idea of recording an album ofsongs relating to motherhood, resultingin The Mother Album (1999).

McKeown began producing withthe albums Lowlands (2000 Green Linnet) and Sweet Liberty (2004 World Village/Harmonia Mundi).

Probably most successful among her traditional song releases, the latter earning a BBC Folk Music Award nomination for her setting of an English gypsy song with a mariachi band. In 2001 she produced A Winter Talisman with Scots fiddler Johnny Cunningham,with whom she subsequently toured each Winter until his death on December 15, 2003.

On December 19, 2003 Susan joined the Klezmer Band The Klezmatics onstage at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan in a concert of songs they had composed to lyrics by Woody Guthrie. Together they recorded Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah (2004) and Wonder Wheel (2006) which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

In 2009, McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg, the lead singer of The Klezmatics, released Saints & Tzadiks (World Village/Harmonia Mundi), an album combining Yiddish and Irish songs. McKeown devised and produced Songs from the East Village, a world music album of songs from the students, parents and staff of The East Village Community School in Manhattan which was released in September 2010.

In October 2010 she released the solo album, Singing in the Dark, an exploration of creativity and madness. With lyrics from poets who were writing through the lens of depression, mania and addiction, the music was composed by McKeown, Leonard Cohen, John Dowland, Violeta Parra, and Klezmatics members Lisa Gutkin and Frank London.

In November 2012 she released Belong, her third album of original songs.


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  • Jody

    Susan's soothing contra-alto voice accompanied by her stories and reflections on life was a unique offering. For those of you traveling by public transport--it is easy even when the #7 train is not running. From Grand Central Station I take the #4 or #6 to 59th St. and get the N or Q train to Queensboro Plaza, then follow the well posted signs for the free shuttle bus to Vernon-Jackson Ave. I have never waited more than 3 minutes for the shuttle and the ride is less than 10 minutes. The bus stops in front of Café Henri, one block from the NYIC and picks me up there for the return journey.

    November 10, 2013

  • Anne

    Sorry, I couldn't make it. The 4 train wasn't running between Woodlawn & Yankee Station, but I ended up getting the D into Grand Central, only to find out that there was no 7 train either. I was so near, but yet so far away, given that to get to LIC I would have to take the 6, followed by the E and then a shuttle bus, so I decided that at 8.15, it was too late and I would have the worry of getting home much later. However, I trust you all had a great night. If it was anything like the previous night's event, it was a good evening.

    October 23, 2013

    • Christopher

      I'm so sorry you ran in to transportation difficulties and thanks for your support for the New York Irish Center. Yes it was a good night of music and if you haven't seen Susan perform before, I encourage you to catch her any opportunity you get. Hope to see you again soon.

      October 24, 2013

  • Christopher

    Susan was superb, weaving her soulful stories and music in to a web of artistic delight

    October 22, 2013

  • RITA

    Good deal.....

    October 19, 2013

  • George

    yeah please list ticket price ,seriously.

    October 19, 2013

    • Christopher

      tickets are only $15 thank you. Simply click on the link sent or visit and follow the home page listing (3 clicks will do it)

      October 19, 2013

    • Christopher

      Only advance tickets are discounted, tickets on the door are $25

      October 19, 2013

  • Lynn

    How much are the tickets? Do you have to order in advance?

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Christopher

      Tickets are only $15 using the link I sent or the one in the meetup posting or via using credit or debit card, paypal account not required though that is also a payment option

      October 19, 2013

    • Christopher

      Discount tickets are available only in advance. Regular ticket price is $25

      October 19, 2013

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