Welcome!

Welcome to my interactive web site! I have been in the wedding industry for 27 years and have played at least 2500 weddings. This gives me a fascinating perspective, much of it poignant, memorable and hilarious.

Some weddings are unusual, such as transgender, same sex, cult, nudist or on horseback. I've played a Lord of the Rings wedding that was conducted in Elvish. Some are lavish and others are fleeting, such as one where a communist defector married at the airport. Some have been interrupted by accident (bride fell and broke leg on step to altar), one came to her wedding in an ambulance escorted by a nurse holding her IV. The tragic ones involved alcohol.

Did you know playing at the Columbia Tower Club involves 48 elevator rides to set up and break down? And there is a wonderful tunnel system under the streets to get from the load zone to inside the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle.

My harp has a $50,000 replacement value with over $10,000 of 23 kt. gold leaf. It is very delicate, yet I move it myself, often many times a day. I have a unique profession, a unique place in the community and a unique perspective to share. I would like to be enriched by hearing from you as well!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Me Irish nickname is Tudy...Land of Erin!!


I am not just a harpist...ha ha...I teach Tradition Irish Music at Dusty Strings Music School where I am in instructor of Irish flute, pennywhistle, and Irish harp. (Using my nickname, Tudy) We have a special band, Land of Erin, that played for the opening of the 31st Dusty Strings Holiday Open House.  That's me on pennywhistle throwing off a few polkas with the gang!  Land of Erin is available for weddings, receptions, parties and special occasions!!

See you at the 2017 Seattle Wedding Show!!

Look for me in booth 129 and get a $50 discount on your wedding package!!  Washington State Convention Center, Sat. Jan. 14th 10am-6pm.  Sunday Jan. 15th 11am-5 PM!!

Luis and Hasan!! Boxing Day 2016 Romantic Wedding!!

"Hello Susan,  I'm still high on that day and have a flood of joy to process.  We got amazing reviews about your presence, what a great compliment it was to our wedding.  Thank you for being with us and for allowing me to take your seat for a moment and play.  Our family and friends loved you. Hasan"
I met two of the nicest people in the world at the Dusty Strings Open House;  Luis Santana and Hasan Abdessamad!  A few days later we met in my living room for a wedding consultation.  Hasan joined us via Skype while delivering a baby at Highline Hospital!  This was a very romantic couple, and a very warm and friendly wedding!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ardeidra and Daren, Spectacular!!

Arneidra brought the house down with her surprise song "I'm Ready for Love." She performed from the balcony right before her bridal entrance!  Not only was it a professional quality rendition, it was heartfelt and left not a dry eye.  Imagine the love and courage it takes to sing at your own wedding!!   The ceremony ended with the jumping of the broom.

At a time when slaves were considered property and not permitted to get married, "Jumping the Broom" was a way for African-American couples to make a statement to their community about their relationship.  The broom represented their new life together.  The couple would hold hands and jump over the broom, symbolically jumping into their new life!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pachelbel Canon at Bastyr Chapel




Prelude, Processiona and Bridal Entrance

Intimate and lovely ceremony for Matt and Julianne at Queen Anne Church of Christ. Thanks to Generation X Productions for the beautiful sound and for recording this on my little video. We were a great team!!   (The GenXpro.com)

Greensleeves Trio-Bach Air on the G String

Arranged by Beth Kolle and performed with Mariya Lincoln on flute and Margaret Olson on violin, this is the version played by the Greensleeves Trio at Bastyr University Chapel on Feb. 24, 2013!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Greensleeves Goes Gospel at SeaHawk Wedding with BreAnne Jones

Rehearsing with singer extraordinaire BreAnne Jones with Susan Burke on the fiddle for the wedding of Taylor Romar and Scott Walker.  Song is "God Bless Our Love."  Go BreAnne!

Sarah and Quinn at Roche Harbor- A Favorite of 2015

Sarah's parents are my favorite students of the harp and pennywhistle.  A very emotional and moving privilege to be a part of this family's celebration.  No one can watch with a dry eye!!