In addition to her work for adult audiences, Susie Burke is an exceptional children's performer, as her many fans both young and older will testify. Drawing on her unique background as both a professional musician and an early childhood teacher, she presents a program that is entertaining, educational, involving, inspiring, and of high musical caliber. Themes of friendship, the environment, and a child's sense of self are often a focus, along with lots of songs that are just plain fun. Children are encouraged to participate, with singing, clapping, call-and-response, and movement games. They are also presented with songs that encourage a more thoughtful response, regarding their feelings, their relations with other children, and their day-to-day trials and triumphs. Susie's strong, beautiful voice and her warm, heartfelt stage manner help to create a memorable and valuable musical experience for children. From the beginning of her musical career, Susie Burke has been involved with children. In fact, it was only after leaving her job as a preschool teacher that she was able to devote herself full-time to music. She has established herself as one of New England's finest children's performers, as well as building a strong and devoted following on the regional and national folk circuits. She has released six acclaimed recordings to date, including her most recent release, Waiting For The Sun, a duo recording with David Surette, as well as her popular childrens recording, Sweet Potatoes. Burke worked with a chorus of seven children on a number of the songs, and the response from both parents and children has been overwhelming, with Sweet Potatoes a major hit in numerous households. Burke is a member of the NH State Council on the Arts Touring roster, which offers assistance to presenters throughout New England. In addition to school assemblies, she is also available for family concerts.
For almost four years, Susie has led a singing group/class for adults, called, "Singing For The joy Of It". The title truly sums up the spirit of the class. Susie leads people through many songs, ranging from rounds both simple and sublime, to songs as diverse as "What a Wonderful World" and "My Sweet Forget Me Not" and Bruno Mars "Count On Me".