Steel City Sue’s fiddling has evolved from playing Australian bush dances into a sound built from her explorations of the southern-US traditions of Old Time and Cajun music. Her many visits to Louisiana and the Appalachian mountain states have honed her old time, bluesy and melodic style.
Steel City Sue also draws from a broader palate of genres absorbed over a lifetime of singing and playing in Newcastle and touring bands. With a life beyond music as a Newcastle community identity involved in local groups and causes; a career in environment; as well as keen ear for local and national politics, Sue draws from a broad palate of concerns. Each song in her repertoire has its own unique story and feel.
Steel City Sue is a seasoned festival performer. With the Fuelers and other acts, she has played Woodford, The National, Cobargo, Wollombi, Majors Creek et al folk festivals; Wintersun and Garterbetls & Gasoline hot-rod nostalgia festivals; and the Canberra and Adelaide Fringe festivals.
As well as long-term band The Fuelers, Steel City Sue has also performed with songwriters Fred Smith, Mick Daley (The Remains), Tim Crossey, James Thomson, and Newcastle bands of many stripes. She’s even supported The Cramps and TISM.
Steel City Sue’s debut album ‘Boom Town’ launched on Bandcamp September 2018 – with a tour of NSW and Victoria with her 5-piece band Steel City Sue and the Smoke Stacks.