Folk Festival's "empress of the unexpected" (NPR) returns
Chicago's Susan Werner is a triple threat at folk awards ceremonies with her luxuriously smooth and strong voice (she's a former opera singer), riveting lyrics, and haunting melodies. “When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon,” raves No Depression. Susan can do it all! She's a virtuoso on both piano and guitar, and her recordings have ranged from hardcore folk to Broadway music, humorous songs, a skeptical yet sympathetic take on gospel, songs of farming, and even classical arrangements of classic rock. Susan has a way of reinventing herself for each new project, but there's a core of humor sophistication, and musical craft that endures. She comes to Michigan with (what else?) a new album of Cuban-flavored music. Susan Werner was the MC for both the Friday and Saturday evening concerts of the 2017 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.