|IRISH MUSIC AWARDS-Siusan & Zig have been nominated by committee to the final ballot for "Top Duo" (US-IRE-EUR-UK)! Also nominated; Switchback, from our partner agency Team Agent Network/Patricia Alberti Performing Arts Mgmt! Congratulations & best wishes to both acts! Irish Music Awards Ceremony January 26, 2013.|
| “...one of the strongest Irish American
duos out there! Great vocals, great
instrumentals. We love this pair!”
-Bill Margeson, NPR "the finest voice emerging in Irish music today" -Enoch Doyle Jeeter, Promoter Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival "Always a jeweled performance." -Jim Flanagan, Performer
“ The duo, O’Rourke & Zeitler have
released two new albums that safeguard
their leading position in Irish music
and puts them in the limelight of the
Americana scene.” -Folk World
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But it’s the music of the Irish-American heartland by which Zig and Siusan are best known. Siusan is the daughter of a first-generation Irish family from Brooklyn New York, one of countless American blossoms from a rich, ancient culture. Whether it’s one of her originals or a song from deep in the tradition, in Gaelic or English, Siusan O’Rourke’s dark alto voice is as enveloping as the Irish mist, and as warm as a peat fire.
A seasoned and versatile musician, Zig Zeitler brings long experience playing every kind of American roots music to the duo’s repertoire, particularly his dextrous instrumental skills on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and especially the Irish bouzouki---one of his fully 18 CDs is devoted to that latter-day Celtic instrument.
Together Zig and Siusan bring years of craft and performing savvy to the stage, 21st-century artists embodying the best that Irish seeds have produced from American soil.
Not to be contained in any stylistic cage, though, Zeitler and O”Rourke can easily fill an evening, a workshop or a weekend with a full palette of blues, folk, old-time country and---especially---their finely-wrought original songs: look for titles like “Up On Saginaw Bay” and “Another Day” on radio playlists all over the country.