Brooklyn NY native, making Michigan her home for many years now, Siusan O'Rourke has been playing music since she was small. She is the daughter of First Generation Irish Americans and 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. Especially drawn to songs that speak to those decendants of the emigration experience she prides herself in bringing to the Table renditions of Old Pieces that are clearly hers and hers alone.
Siusan possesses an astounding voice, a rare deep rich alto that is enveloping beyond the emotion of the song. With a warm and inviting presence she fills the stage with her ability to connect with her audiences both musically and through stories, some sorrowful, some whimsical. some Funny. She leaves venues with those attending feeling as though they had experienced an evening with her on a very personal level.
Added to all of this, she is a writer of Original songs written not only for her Irish Audiences in the Irish Tradition but is also an accomplished song writer and performer for her Americana Roots audiences. Now an 8 year Cancer Survivor and advocate, she is the Founder of the Cancer Stinks Roadshow which raises funding for local organizations within the communities that she travels through.
Standing out in a field of varied Performances, Siusan is able to morph seamlessly from Treasured Timeless Songs to Contemporary from Irish Tradition to American Roots from Sorrowful Ballads to Whimsical songs, bringing to her audiences an evening of Music that is fully experienced and remembered long after the last song is sung.
A Michigan Native, Zig Zeitler has dedicated his entire adult life to the Performance of, Teaching of and Creation of Music. He is a seasoned and versatile Musician, and 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 Original 20 CDs is devoted to that latter'day Celtic instrument. Although his history is strongly steeped in Blues and the music of the the Cajuns in Louisianna he is touted as a World musician being able to pull from many Genres to flavor the Arrangements as no one else can. He is called upon frequently as a Studio player for many of the contemporary songwriters and Folk performers throughout the midwest and although he is a consummate Teacher of many stringed instruments he is also possesses an unquenchable desire to continually learn and hone is craft.
When he is not performing with Siusan, he is touring with his own band sharing his tasty blending of Cajun Zydeco and Blues!
Siusan and Zig
Together this husband and wife team own and operate the White Crow Conservatory of Music which is a premier teaching facility in Saginaw Michigan, offering Lessons, Workshops, housing a state of the art recording studio, a live music Venue and an Instrument retail Shop. They are the founders of the Great Lakes Gathering, Partnering with Dow to bring to the Great lakes Region a world class Irish Festival which occurs every year in Augus and very frequently on radio themselves, they are currently the hosts of their own Irish Radio hour "LIVE in the Pub" which airs weekly out of the Great lakes Bay Region on Q90.1fm NPR.
A powerhouse Duo in many aspects of the music industry.. Siusan and Zig are a perfect pairing for almost Any Venue!