Sue Callaghan is a guitar / flute / piano player, and singer songwriter based in Dublin.
Sue released her debut album as a solo artist in 2009. ‘Not In Love’ features acoustic guitars, lead and backing vocals, piano, drums, and electric guitar, and a string quartet. With this album Sue spent the next few years playing the songs at gigs / showcases / events around Dublin and Ireland as well as taking her album on tour around Europe.
‘Nothing Short of Everything’, Sue’s second album, was released in Smock Alley Theater in June 2014.
This album encompasses many of the same elements as the first; her acoustic guitar, vocals and lots of backing vocals. Antonio García-Lopez and Péter Sebestyén perform the string quartet parts. The Lebanese based rhythms of Fadi Hatoum on darbuka compliment the percussive guitar strums, as well as highlighting different flavours in the string parts. This fusion-esque blend distinguishes the project from ‘Not In Love’.
The Hostages, as Sue’s backing band, are the varied and talented musicians that help her to bring her arrangements to life inside and outside the studio. The release of ‘Nothing Short of Everything’ was celebrated with the help of eleven Hostages at the Smock Alley Theatre where Sue played the album in full with a live string quartet, backing singers, an acoustic percussion section, and acoustic guitars and bass.
Sue is involved in many different projects as a professional musician. She manages the Lucan School of Music and teaches guitar there, as well as being Musical Director for four community choirs. As a guitarist she is currently playing as part of the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s Electric Guitar Orchestra, and as a singer this year she has performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass as part of the Kodály International Summer School choir in Kecskemet, Hungary.