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handmade...

Susanna also makes practical and decorative items out of (mainly) reclaimed materials including feathers, copper wire & old Post Office bags. Check those out here

"Susanna Starling sings her own original material plus unique interpretations of English folk and vintage jazz/cabaret, accompanied by nothing but her upright double bass"

..although you might have seen her with/at:

...the fabulous 4-piece DellyWellyBoot Band

...singing a capella with Kath Lucas, Maria & Camille

...playing bass in the Finstock Festival Band

...Oxford band Kismet

...beatboxer Norpwing

...Oxford-based world music sax/accordion duo Huffenpuff

...East Oxford's legendary worldpunkfolkskiffle outfit Inflatable Buddha

...Oxford's Ultimate Picture Palace's silent film band The Mighty Wurlitzer

...Queen of Clubs Cabaret (compere/co-organiser)

...Arcane Festival (compere/co-organiser)

bio

Susanna Starling grew up surrounded by jazz and folk music, sang from an early age and started learning the bass aged 11. After 10+ years of orchestral playing she finally got around to playing the kind of stuff she picked up the bass to play, in a bluegrass outfit with two lovely Oxford Classics fellows and then in crazy-ass world-punk-folk-skiffle band Inflatable Buddha, formed with awesome performance poet Steve Larkin, hurdy-gurdist Mauro Sanin & tabla player David Hart. She now plays bass and sings solo, with The DellyWellyBoot Band and in a recording project with David Hart, Whinnymuir (as well as guesting occasionally with bands including Kismet and Huffenpuff).

In over 25+ years of singing and playing bass she has performed with Oxford University Chamber Orchestra and Nigel Kennedy; at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Secret Garden Party Festivals; live on Radio 3's The Verb with Sharron Kraus & taken part in Woman's Hour (don't ask, it was random). She has also played in allotments, countless churches, on a houseboat and in a bike shop. See most of that listed here.

Susanna is the stepdaughter of inspirational musician and community choir leader Sarah Morgan and the daughter of Hampshire folk singers Steve and Cheryl Jordan (Forest Tracks). She is also Trustee of the Sarah Morgan Foundation, a small charity formed to continue Sarah's work promoting English traditional music.