Since emigrating from the UK two and a half years ago, Sue Pyper has been delighting audiences with her superb voice and a repertoire of material ranging from smooth to sassy, refined to racy.
In the short time she has been in Canada she has gained a reputation for not only being a talented singer and songwriter, but also gifted entertainer, switching between haunting ballads, storytelling and bawdy humour with hardly the blink of an eye.
Sue’s Debut CD “Before You Learn To Fly,” is about Journeys in the world and in the heart. The CD Produced by Guitar Virtuoso Rodrigo Figueroa, includes four well crafted original new songs from Sue. One of these, the insightful, “I Can’t Go Back Anymore,” was selected as one of the “Ten best of 2002” By Bob Sherman of WFUV Radio, New York.
The CD has also had rave reviews from publications such as the major US Folk Magazine “Sing Out” they say: “Sure, Sue Pyper does some mean covers, including Nanci Griffith’s “Five and Dime” and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “This Shirt” on her debut release. These and other works by her neighbors Gordon Carter and Joanna Finch are engaging and solid, but it’s with her own four creations on “Before You Learn To Fly” that she really takes off”
Sue has also been nominated for 5 M*Power awards (the Vancouver Island Independent Music Awards 2003) The most nominations for a solo performer.
International folk performer and musical luminary Christine Lavin says about Sue, “Her originals have that 'timeless' feel of the best contemporary folk. Long time fans of folk music will recognise her as a wonderful new discovery.”
Sue has been performing professionally for the last five years and in that time has become an exceptional live performer, who can bring you to tears with her poignant lyrics and haunting voice and then have you laughing in the aisles with her witty repartee and musical comedy.
Nominated for Five M*Power awards at the Vancouver Island Independent Music Awards 2003
CD Reviewed in US Folk Magazine “Sing Out” (March 2003)
Vancouver Island Music Fest (2001 and 2003 Performance)
Victoria Roots Fest (2002 performance)
The Filberg Festival (2002 Performance)
CBC Radio One (2002 Live performance)
Sue’s song “I Can’t Go Back Anymore” selected as one of the ten best of 2002 by Bob Sherman, WFUV New York.
Internationally syndicated show, Midnight special, Chicago, selected “Highland clearance” as one of it’s “Pick hits” November 2002 and “Yellow Buick” was the pick hit in February 2003
What others have to say
“Sure, Sue Pyper does some mean covers, including Nanci Griffith’s “Five and Dime” and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “This Shirt” on her debut release. These and other works by her neighbors Gordon Carter and Joanna Finch are engaging and solid, but it’s with her own four creations on “Before You Learn To Fly” that she really takes off.
“I Can’t go Back” is an award-winning song about finding the place where you belong, both internally and geographically. And it is far from the only good cut on the album. With her four originals she establishes an ability to form a catchy chorus, and deliver personable story lines with pleasing vocals of strength…
Sing Out Magazine
“I met Sue Pyper at the Vancouver Island Music Fest. During the weekend at least a half dozen Canadian performers who were working the festival said to me, "You must meet Sue Pyper -- you will love her!" and they were right Her originals have that 'timeless' feel of the best contemporary folk. Long time fans of folk music will recognize her as a wonderful new discovery.”
Sue Pyper is a wonderful singer. Not only was it thrill to have her record one of my songs but the way she recorded it was the bigger thrill. Fantastic!
Josh Cunningham – ‘The Waifs’
“Sue Pyper is one of those rare performers who can make someone else's song sound even better than the original.”
Tammy Fassaert (Recording artist)
“One of Vancouver Island’s finest talents."
Jim Selk, Victoria Folk Society