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WATCH – Susie Q debut song aiming to raise awareness of Refugee crisis

The Susie Q debut song was released on January 2, and fans are no waiting patiently for the debut album that is said to debut on the music scene later this year.


Susie Q debut song aiming to raise awareness of Refugee crisis

by ilovelimerick correspondent Chloe O’Keeffe.

Limerick-born singer-songwriter Susan Quirke otherwise known as Susie Q has released her debut song and video, Home, which features a deep appeal for world peace. As 2018 progresses we are hoping to find mighty things from the Susie Q debut album, Into the Sea.

The Limerick native is the co-founder of the A Lust for Life organisation alongside Bressie. In the Susie Q debut song, released on January 2 ahead of the Susie Q debut album. The Susie Q debut song, Home features global footage, outlining some of the chronic sufferings that has emerged from the Syrian war as well as the resulting refugee crisis.

“It’s a reminder that whatever your race or religion, we are all people, and together share this planet as our home,” said Susie in an interview.

“I think it’s important to remind ourselves of our shared humanity during these turbulent times. It can sometimes be easy to see each other as separate, but fundamentally we are all connected.”

The Susie Q debut song, Home features many big Irish names, including Colm Quearney on guitar, Colm Mac Con Iomaire playing the violin, Graham Hopkins on drums, Rob Malone taking over the bass, and Justin Carroll on the piano. Colm Quearney also helped Susan in producing her debut song.

Speaking further about the Susie Q debut, Home, Susie speaks of how she wrote the song in a reply to her feelings of discomfort surrounding the news reports that were breaking through of many unaccompanied kids fleeing their homes and ending up on the streets and/or in refugee camps. Susie Q understands that war and conflict can be two very complex things, but says, “There is nothing complex about having empathy for another human who is suffering. There is no example in human history of fear or hatred bringing joy to people- love is more powerful than force, and is the truest expression of our shared humanity.”

Since January 2, the Susie Q debut song has been giving fans of the Indie-singer a taste of how her debut album will be when it’s released during the year.

On her website, the Susie Q debut album promises to feature an “all-star line-up,” and intends to marry elements of indie rock with tracks that will have a folky, ethereal sensibility.

Susie Q travelled far and wide in the writing of her album. The album was written partially in the north of California, Spanish Point in Clare and at the singer’s home near Bull Island, Co. Dublin.

Though the album and song are the first for Susan, this isn’t the first Susie Q debut, as the young woman previously played at both Electric Picnic and Body&Soul music festivals, and is also known for once opening for the Dalai Lama.

However, she had recently chosen to keep a low profile over the years to concentrate on making the album that will stand the test of time.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.