Brooklyn, New York native, making Michigan her home for many years now, Siusan O'Rourke has been playing music since she was small. The daughter of first generation Irish Americans on one side and English emigrating in from Barbados of the West Indies on the other, Siusan was reared within a family that not only taught the appreciation for the music of her culture but instilled in her an appreciation and love of all genres. Although well known for years within Irish circles of music for her intimate sense of tradition that she expresses in the performance of ancient ballads as well as her own Irish originals, audiences across the Midwest are realizing that she is a ferocious and accomplished songwriter and performer of her own branding of Americana Roots, Blues & Folk. Stepping onto stages and filling seats in songwriter rounds, she eloquently bridges audiences with humor, stories and great original music all coupled with the added bonus that she possesses an astounding voice. A rare deep rich alto that is enveloping beyond the emotion of the song. She leaves venues with those attending, feeling as though they had experienced an evening with her on a very personal level and she brings to her audiences a night of music that is fully experienced and remembered long after the last song is sung.
On other fronts, Siusan is now a 10 year cancer survivor and advocate, being the founder of the Cancer Stinks Roadshow which raises funding for local organizations within the communities that she travels through, she is available for performances as well as speaking engagements to raise money for cancer and end of life organizations. She is the owner founder of the White Crow Conservatory Of Music in Saginaw, the founder of the Great Lakes Gathering and the Host of Live in the Pub and has been on the Smokin’ Sleddog Record Artist Roster for the past 11 years along with her husband, musician Zig Zeitler. Pulling on yet one more hat, she is currently working for the Smokin’ Sleddog Record's agency as an Artist Representative. Siusan is available for performance, workshops, and speaking engagements.