About Susie FlahertyFinalist in the 2008 New England Songwriting Contest, Susie Flaherty brings a blend of fresh and traditional sounds to her debut CD, "Raggedy Man."
Her collection of heartbreak ballads and blues features 12 tracks plus a long bonus track of the story-song, "Mole in the Ground." Based on the true history of a family friend, "My Daniel Died at Devil's Den" earned Susie a top spot in the songwriting contest at the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival in Cornish Maine in July 2008. Performed unaccompanied, the haunting Civil War song has earned Susie accolades in the folk music and bluegrass community.
American by birth, but internationalist by experience and inclination, Susie has been influenced by geography as well as music: the Chugach Mountain Range, Mt. Aorangi and the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand), Old Silver Beach, the Palouse and the Carroll County farmlands. Her musical roots also travel broad and deep, from playing old 78s of Bing Crosby and Bessie Smith to digital downloads of Carbon Leaf and Gogol Bordello.
Upcoming ShowsSunday, Jan. 9, 2011 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ Coffeehouse, 17 Bond Street, Westminster, MD, Tel: 410-848-5975. Cover charge for adults $5; coffee and desserts available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Two sets with open mic in between.
Endorsements"Susie Flaherty is a traditionalist. Many of her wonderful songs sound as if they were written long ago, or even borrowed from the old world, but she's right here among us now.
"Her arrangements lend themselves to her ballads. Her blues and spirituals put me in the mind of Jerry Silverman, but she doesn't try to be anybody other than who she is."As a writer, she puts just the right word in just the right spot. She sings from her heart and inspires me to have faith in her directness."
— Guy Davis, blues master and W.C. Handy Award winner
Where to Find Susie & Her MusicYou can listen to and download Susie's debut CD, "Raggedy Man," and individual songs from it, at CDBaby.
Susie sometimes performs with her son, Matt Dunbier, on mandolin and vocals. Her performance schedule and selected songs can be found on her MySpace page.
Susie is also a professional editor and writer. This summer, Susie will be teaching a course, "Journal to the Center," at Common Ground on the Hill, located in Westminister, Maryland.
Get in TouchSusie can be reached by phone, at 717-586-1497. Or, you may send an email using the form below.