Susan McKeown


Grammy award-winning and BBC Award-nominated vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown is widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful and innovative voices in folk music today. In a distinguished career has performed at Glastonbury, The Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall and had her music featured on on PBS, NPR, PRI, BBC and RTE. Susan began her songwriting career at the Lower East Side club Sin-É and released 16 commercial albums as a songwriter and folk artist.

Susan is the founder and leader of Cuala Foundation, a Lower East Side-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and its sister organisation in Ireland, Cuala Group, that co-creates new systems of community self care centering youth, migrants and indigenous culture. Since 2017 the organizations have produced cultural programs in communities in Ireland and the U.S. to heal trauma and cultivate a culture of belonging.

“McKeown grabbed both song and audience by the throat, dragged them through heaven and hell and back again, and left the stage to the loudest applause heard all evening.”

– Rolling Stone Magazine




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President and Sabina Higgins received Cuala Foundation founder and executive director Susan McKeown together with Lida Azizi, Fatemah Qaderyan, Kawsar and Maryam Roshan and Mohammad Iqbal Kakar at Áras an Uachtaráin. The Afghan girls were part of the first all-girls robotics team who had to flee their country with the assistance of the Cuala Foundation

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