Canadian singer songwriter, Suzie Ungerleider is currently in the progress of making her second tour of Australia performing a limited number of shows across the country with Mick Thomas whose label Croxton Records has licensed her latest CD Short Stories for local distribution.
The Basement Discs managed to secure Oh Susanna for their last in-store mini show for the year and it was a beauty.
Performing solo, Oh Susanna treated the crowd at Basement Discs to an engaging set of eight songs, most of them drawn from her new album. The songs on Short Stories, as the title suggests, are vignettes of characters caught in transit. A lot of the inspiration came from her family and personal life.
She started with "Pretty Face" then followed with "Miss Liberty" and "Greyhound Bus" the latter a song about freedom and the itinerant life versus settled family life.
She introduced "Bullies", another track from Short Stories, by saying it was a song for kids. She wrote it some years ago, when she had none of her own, though now she is mother to a young son. It is an affirmative song of support against the injustices children face in the schoolyard, a sentiment echoed in "Schoolyard" which she sang later.
After a generous half hour or so, Suzie finished with a song she dedicated to musicians everywhere. It was the lovely closing track on Short Stories, "Filled With Gold" and totally appropriate in that her short set at Basement Discs left the audience feeling blessed and enriched to have seen her perform in person.
She will be performing her only Melbourne concert at the Toff In Town on Tuesday 11 December.
Review and photos by Anne Sydenham