Promising singer releases first record

September 04 2017

SINGING sensation Susie Dobson’s flourishing career takes another giant leap forward this month with the launch of her debut EP.

SINGING sensation Susie Dobson’s flourishing career takes another giant leap forward this month with the launch of her debut EP.

The Staple Hill teenager’s first offering, a five-track record called ‘Scrapbook’, was made possible thanks to a Kickstarter funding campaign, and Susie is launching it with a special event at Bristol Folk House, a hotspot for the area’s folk, roots and acoustic music lovers.

It’s been quite a journey for someone who only set foot on stage for the first time just a couple of years ago. Born with a love of song, Susie first discovered a passion for performing while studying musical theatre at school, and through singing lessons enforced by her parents which, to her surprise, she found she enjoyed.

After being introduced to the ukulele by friends, she fell in love with the instrument and quickly bought her own.

Susie, 19, was soon on stage at Downend Folk Club, and began to fall in love with traditional song to complement her existing contemporary musical tastes and thus, her unique style was born.

The folk scene in Bristol began to sit up and take notice, and Susie soon found herself opening for the likes of Gilmore & Roberts, Hattie Briggs, Said The Maiden, Claudia Schwab and Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, as well as performing at Bristol Folk Festival, Folk On The Water, Keynsham Music Festival, Bristol Fringe and a host of local events.

Susie, who is off to Cambridge University this autumn to study geography, said: “It has been a bit of a whirlwind but I’ve really enjoyed the journey so far. Lots of people have been really supportive and said so many encouraging things.

“When the opportunity to record an EP came along, it seemed too good to be true but people were really generous on Kickstarter and so I was able, not only to record it and release it but also go to the studio that I really wanted to use, Everyone Sang studios in Stroud, which is run by Lukas Drinkwater.

"It was a great experience and we had a great time and I really hope that people like the results."

The EP will be launched at the Folk House event on Sunday September 17, when another local act Steffan Lewis & Rachel Foster will open the evening. Susie will be joined on stage by Ant Miles on piano and guitar. Tickets are £9 in advance or £11 on the door and are available from the venue or online from www.fancourtmusic.co.uk