Susan Tomelty

Singer from the talented Co Down family who began her career at the age of two

From the renowned Portaferry theatrical and musical family, Susan Tomelty started her career at the age of two, appearing on stage at the Cork Opera House.

Having mastered the classical piano at an early age, she became interested in the Celtic harp and percussion. She studied in Scotland for five years but her love of Ireland and Portaferry in particular brought her home to concentrate on song writing.

Her first album Belfast Live was released in 1996. Recorded before a live audience at the Errigle Inn in south Belfast, and accompanied by 14 of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians, Tomelty added dazzling jazz vocals to eleven songs, ranging from traditional music to blues. She is currently experimenting with the ethnic roots of all the varieties of music she enjoys.

Tomelty’s career highlights include supporting Van Morrison at the first Garden Party in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, and performing at the Belfast International Folk Festival in the Ulster Hall, both in 1996.

She has also toured throughout Ireland, Sweden and Denmark and starred in Schooled to a Foreign Voice, a play written by her cousin Roma Tomelty, based on the works and life of the Northern Irish poet Louis MacNeice. The play appeared at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the Edinburgh Festival, and toured throughout Northern Ireland.

Kevin Byers