Fiddler, singer, songwriter, tunesmith, Appalachian-style dancer, SUSI GOTT hails from western North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up pioneer-style, in a log cabin without electricity or running water or any other conveniences, she is one of the few modern-day artists who has lived the texts of the songs she sings. With 30 years of performance already in her pocket, Susi has played with such legends as EDDIE ADCOCK, MAC WISEMAN, MIKE SEEGER, and HAZEL DICKENS, among others. Also at ease in the Irish style, she has toured with MICK MOLONEY, ROBBIE O’CONNELL, and LIZ CARROLL. In the 1980’s, as an ambassador of American music and dance, she participated in tours of West Africa and South and Central America for the U.S. State Department. In 1997/98 she served as Assistant Director of East Tennessee State University’s BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAM.
Throughout a 15-year stint of collaboration with France’s CHRISTIAN SEGURET, Susi toured extensively for the JEUNESSES MUSICALES DE FRANCE, appeared in numerous theaters and festivals across Europe, and accompanied folk star HUGUES AUFRAY at the OLYMPIA in Paris. She also co-wrote the music for two televised films by ALINE ISSERMAN and won the 1996 bluegrass division of the CHRIS AUSTIN SONGWRITING CONTEST for her lyrics at MerleFest.
Today, Susi proposes several different options tailored to your particular budget and the ambiance you wish to create. Be it acoustic country, bluegrass, or old-time swing with the PARIS CATS or the ASHEVILLE CATS, or a female vocal trio with THE SONG SISTERS, you’re sure to fall under the spell of this cosmopolitan lady with the Appalachian heart!
Following the phenomenal success of Joel and Ethan Coen’s film “O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?” the music from deepest Appalachia has known an unprecedented resurgence, resulting in several Grammies for participating musicians. Since its release, other films have carried on the torch. “SONGCATCHER” recounts the discovery of the richness of English, Scottish and Irish ballads forgotten in their native land but preserved intact in the small corner of Western North Carolina in which Susi was born.
In reality, it was a British musicologist, CECIL SHARPE, who collected the first of these ballads in a referential book that came out early in the twentieth century. Later, in the 1960’s, JOHN COHEN of the NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS contacted banjo-player and dance caller PETER GOTT (Susi’s father) for an introduction to his friends and neighbors of Madison County. This resulted in a second, if more modest, collection, with the difference that the songs were recorded this time, and could be heard by those who wished to emulate the style. The recordings can be found on Folkways and Rounder, and are references for those who seek authentic music of a time almost gone by, but ready for its reawakening.
A third widely-recognized film, “COLD MOUNTAIN”, also tells the story of the land of Susi’s upbringing, accompanied by the same music that Susi and her ensembles bring to the stage today.
Mirande Country Music Fesival, France--1995, 2004
The Olympia with Hugues Aufray, Paris--2000,1991
Interceltic Festival of Lorient, France--1990
Kennedy Center, Washington DC--1986
“Talk of the Town” TV show in Nashville, TN--1986
Nashville Network’s “Fire on the Mountain”--3 episodes
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”--1982
The World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN--1982
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC--1997
A talented American author-composer-interpreter, Susi Gott raises her creations to the highest of musical art, daring to mix and match different styles of country music with fantastic results.
La Voix du Nord
July 5, 2002
This youthful violinist from the Appalachias possesses a heart-rending voice with which she delivers the blues in magical fashion. To discover with urgency...
--Le Courrier du Loiret
November 22, 2001
The authenticity represented by Susi Gott, violinist and solo vocalist with a soul-stirring voice, touches the heart of a public that is ever impressed by this immensely talented Appalachian lady.
Since her early beginnings on stage, her musical career has flourished and she is on her way to becoming a major international artist.
Susi Gott & Christian Séguret--CAROLINA (CoProd)--1999
Gildas Arzel (Sony)
Hugues Aufray--LIVE A L’OLYMPIA (Musidisc)
Thierry Massoubre & Christian Séguret--GUITARES (Silex)
Robbie O’Connell--LOVE OF THE LAND (Green Linnet)
Eddie Adcock and Talk of the Town (CMH)
The Peter Gott Family--COWBELL HOLLOW (Skyline)
PICKIN’ IN THE BLUE RIDGE (Skyline)
ANTHOLOGY OF FIDDLER’S GROVE--1978
HAPPY ANTHEMS (Kosinus)
Mahogany Spirit--SOUL MATES
Bertrand Coquegniot--BANJO RENDEZVOUS--1987
Michel LeLong--NOIR & BLANC--1996
Jérôme Tiphane--CLIN D’OEIL
A VIDEO POSTCARD OF THE BLUE RIDGE (Ron Ruhel)
TALKING FEET (Mike Seeger)
Hugues Aufray--LIVE A L’OLYMPIA
LES ENFANTS D’ABORD (Aline Issermann--M6)
L’AUBAINE (Aline Issermann--France 3)
THE MOST POWERFUL INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS (Elizabeth Trinkaus--Life Enrichment Consulting Video Series)
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