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Zig Zeitler and Siusan O’Rourke are Mid-Michigan’s most versatile couple: performers, singers, songsmiths, multi-instrumentalists, cancer activists, purveyors of roots Americana and proprietors of the White Crow Conservatory, one of the state’s premier folk venues.
But it’s the music of the Irish-American heartland by which Zig and Siusan are best known. Siusan is the daughter of a first-generation Irish family from Brooklyn New York, one of countless American blossoms from a rich, ancient culture. Whether it’s one of her originals or a song from deep in the tradition, in Gaelic or English, Siusan O’Rourke’s dark alto voice is as enveloping as the Irish mist, and as warm as a peat fire.
A seasoned and versatile musician, Zig Zeitler brings long experience playing every kind of American roots music to the duo’s repertoire, particularly his dextrous instrumental skills on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and especially the Irish bouzouki---one of his fully 18 CDs is devoted to that latter-day Celtic instrument.
Together Zig and Siusan bring years of craft and performing savvy to the stage, 21st-century artists embodying the best that Irish seeds have produced from American soil.
Not to be contained in any stylistic cage, though, Zeitler and O”Rourke can easily fill an evening, a workshop or a weekend with a full palette of blues, folk, old-time country and---especially---their finely-wrought original songs: look for titles like “Up On Saginaw Bay” and “Another Day” on radio playlists all over the country.