Suzanne Birrell

Suzanne Birrell

 Oakland, California, USA
BandWorldChildren's Music

SUZANNE BIRRELL does more than sing--she performs! With a background as singer, actress, comedienne, bass player, dancer; she puts it all together, drawing you in for a memorable experience. From children's music to jazz, she takes you on a journey & back then sends you on your way with a song. FUN


SUZANNE BIRRELL is an ARTIST/PERFORMER. As a bassplayer/ singer/song writer she has performed with country bands, jazz bands, rock bands, alternative music bands and more-as a side ax on bass and singing lead or harmonies.

Suzanne also has a background in theatre (actress,director, choreographer) which includes drama, comedy, musical theatre, and opera. She has worked in the entertainment industry doing everything from Radio DJ to Stage manager to stunts in movies. She also teaches and directs play writing and acting workshops.

Suzanne is a visual artist: painting, drawing, sculpturing, and graphic arts. She has taught workshops in mask making as well as concrete sculpture.

Suzanne has a degree in music from Webster University with a minor in Art. She taught vocal and instrumental music as well as art and performance in public and private schools, K through College.

With a background in music from jazz to opera and everything in between, Suzanne Birrell has composed delightful tunes to the nonsense poems of Edward Lear, the English poet famous for "The Owl and the Pussycat." In melodies designed to be sung a cappella and accompanied by guitar and bass, Suzanne performs the songs using different voices for different characters in a highly entertaining melodramatic style. The stories of Lear are brought to life with their timeless messages about life for adults and children.

Suzanne considers herself an entertainer first and foremost. A performance is like a voyage; First, bring the people on board-careworn and burdened; Then, sing of sad times, sing of happy times, of love lost and love found, loose them in reverie, and then we rock them! Touch their souls and bring them up to a better plane from which they depart and return to their homes; their hearts a little lighter for the journey.

Her original songs are drawn from life. Tony, an elderly gentleman from Palermo, Sicily, who worked all his life as a butcher, told her as they waited in a doctor’s office that “The sweetest words a man could hear was DADDY’S HOME!” “Forget men; I’M GONNA BUY ME A DOG,” was a sentiment expressed by friend, Donna, after a failed marriage. “I WANT TO THANK THE OTHER WOMAN for taking you away” is Maria’s motto for moving on to better times. “If you don’t leave me alone, I’m gonna find somebody who will,” was a statement by an apparently frustrated man overheard talking to someone on his cell phone and which inspired the song “RUBY PEARL.” IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU’LL NEVER FALL leads to TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE because there is always THE POSSIBILITIES OF YET!



Album/ Calico Pie by Suzanne Birrell -OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
Album/ Hold On -Dan Appenzeller and Suzanne Birrell
Album/ More Songs by John Alex Tarbet
Album/ Dos Coyotes (Mark Parson & Jim O'Mealy)
Album/ Jana

Set List

The Broom, The Shove, The Poker, and the Tongs
Calico Pie
The Duck and the Kangaroo
Incidents in the Life of my UncleArly
The Cummerbund
The Jumblies
The Dong with the Luminous Nose
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Courtship of the Yongey-Bongey-Bo
The New Vestments