Chicago-based singer/songwriter Sue Fink has been entertaining audiences since 2001 with her quirky tales of love gone awry. Her poetry and short-story writing background informs her witty, compelling story-songs. The popular YouTube video, “Damsel in Distress” (the title song of her 2006 CD), finds Sue tied to the railroad tracks and devising other precarious scenarios to catch her beau’s attention… though she always winds up saving herself.
In the Chicago area, Sue has performed at Schubas, Martyr’s, Fitzgerald’s, Elbo Room, Evanston SPACE, Two Way Street Coffee House, and Uncommon Ground. Now including Wisconsin in her territory, she’s played at Folk on State and Maxwell St. Days (Madison), Café Carpe (Ft. Atkinson), and The Art Garage (Green Bay).
“Guess I’m movin’ on up… up North, that is,” she laughs. On Thursday, May 27, Sue will perform her first Door County show at Glas, the green coffeehouse, 67 E. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay, 920.743.5575. Wisconsin troubadour Skip Jones opens at 7 pm, and Sue Fink begins at 8 pm. There is no cover charge.
Known for her compelling songs and charming performances, Sue shares her unique perspective through humor, poignant lyrics, and sing-along tunes. During her hour-long set, Sue will perform songs from her two full-length CDs, Thoughts at an Intersection (2009), and Damsel in Distress (2006). Most likely she’ll sing something from Not Quite There Yet (2003), her 5-song sampler, as well as a new song or two. Her songs have received radio play on WPR and WORT in Wisconsin, and Thoughts, in particular, has been played on folk stations nationwide, including Rich Warren’s nationally syndicated show, “Midnight Special.”
Lilli Kuzma, host of the “Folk Festival” show on WDBC in Glen Ellyn, IL, voted Sue’s song “Tracking System” as one of her top three favorite new songs of 2009. “I’m struck, in particular, by Sue’s amazing ability to segue from a quirky song to very serious material, to have me literally laughing out loud one minute, and almost in tears the next. She has a great way of connecting with her audience,” Lilli says.
Come see for your self at Glas on May 27!
“The real appeal, however, is Fink’s distinctive, off-kilter worldview …” – Jim DeRogatis, music critic, Chicago Sun Times , http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2009/10/demo2dero_sue_fink.html
“…A host of talented musicians, providing everything from cello to piano, assist her in realizing her wistful, humorous, and serious observations about life.” – Jason Scales, Illinois Entertainer (Thoughts at an Intersection CD review), http://illinoisentertainer.com/2010/03/around-hear-march-2010/
“Astuteness and innocence are bedfellows in [Sue’s] songs. The moments she captures, the detail in which the moments are drawn, and her rendering of the characters is nothing short of delightful.” – Jenny Bienemann, singer-songwriter who performs frequently in Door County
“Sue Fink brought down the house with her piercingly funny lyrics, sung with an innocent style that made it all that more subversive.” – Rick Nease, singer-songwriter