Accordionist Jeremiah McLane and guitarist David Surette perform a unique blend of Franco-America and New England music that is exuberant and introspective, tender and passionate. They place familiar sounds in unusual settings, and combine a unique gift of improvisation with a keen appreciation for the power of a simple melody. Their repertoire features dance tunes from New England, The British Isles, France and Quebec as well as original compositions.
David Surette is highly regarded for his work on the guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki, in a wide variety of settings. As a soloist, he is nationally known as a top player of Celtic fingerstyle guitar. He is folk music co-ordinator at the Concord (NH) Community Music School, and has authored a book of Celtic fingerstyle guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Publications. He performs regularly with his wife, singer Susie Burke.
Jeremiah has composed music for theatre and film, received numerous grants and awards (including the Ontario Center for the Performing Arts, and the Vermont Council on the Arts). National Public Radio selected his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, in their “favorite picks” of 1996. His fifth release, Hummingbird, received the French music magazine “Trad Mag” BRAVO award for 2003. He teaches world music, accordion and piano at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY. He performs regularly with Nightingale, Le Bon Vent, and The Clayfoot Strutters. David Surette and Susie Burke website