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Steve Suffet
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Sunnyside, NY  USA
Born on February 13, 1947.
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Acoustic : Folk
Traditional and Contemporary Folksinger
Acoustic : Folk
Eric Levine was a folk musician and disability rights activist who passed away in 2008.
Acoustic : Folk
Traditional and contemporary acoustic folk music.
Acoustic : Folk
Old fashioned folksinger in the People's Music tradition.
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About Me
I'm Steve Suffet and I call myself an old fashioned folksinger. I was born in 1947, and I've been singing as far back as I can remember. My Mom was a jazz singer and she played the ukulele. She couldn't stand what she called "hillbilly music," so rebel that I was, when I was about five years old I used to insist on listening to Tennessee Ernie Ford sing Sixteen Tons. Around the same time I got a harmonica as a gift and I went around tooting it just to annoy people. Eventually, I learned to play a few simple tunes, like Oh, Susannah, and that drove everyone even crazier.

My Mom showed me a few chords on the ukulele, but I really never got into it. However, when I was in high school I spent $17 and bought a Harmony Stella guitar, and from then on I was completely hooked. I started hanging out in New York City's Washington Square Park and I tried to absorb everything I heard. In a year or two I got my courage up to start performing in public. I never stopped.

The stuff I do I call folk music, but if you would rather call it roots music, or traditional music, or old time music, or even hillbilly music, that's OK with me. Essentially I take any song I like, from whatever source, and sing it in a manner that suits me. Sometimes I change the tune a little, and sometimes I change the words. More and more I find that I'm making up my own songs, but they always sound traditional. Old fashioned folksinger suits me just fine.
Recent Activity
Liked Vickie H's song Columbus Stockade Blues. Jan 10, 2014
Liked David Rovics's song song for hugo chavez. Mar 10, 2013
Liked Tom Neilson's song Where Greenland Used To Be. Jan 16, 2013
Liked David Rovics's song Occupy Wall Street. Jan 16, 2012
Liked Tom Neilson's song Corporations Are Human. Mar 5, 2012
Liked David Rovics's song Cordova. Jan 16, 2012
A Real Folksinger   Monday, March 26, 2007. Note: I first posted this blog here on SoundClick on February 15 of this year, and then I posted it again on March 13. I originally wrote it in 2001 to console a friend whose application to perform at the Old Songs Festival in upstate New York had been rejected. When that same festival later rejected my own application, I read it again and found that it was still just as true. It has since been reprinted several times, most recently by singer Bob Lusk of Ulster County, NY, on his own blog. The accompanying photo is of Pete Seeger, whom I consider the most real ...
 
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