susan o

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susan o (Susan Odle) is an Ottawa based singer songwriter folk-rocker.  2017 marked her return to the Ottawa music scene 13 years after releasing Lonelytown. 20 Years is the result of another collaboration with good friend Dave Draves of Little Bullhorn (fiftymen, Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb, Camp Radio, Jim Bryson). Born in England, raised in Toronto and calling Ottawa home for a long time now, susan o’s songs have been described as “fragile folk and country songs that simmer in quiet desperation.” (Ottawa Xpress). Here debut album (Lonelytown) received critical acclaim from Ottawa press, SOCAN and Folk Music Ontario, and she has shared the stage with Andy Stochansky,  Haydain Neale (Jacksoul), Russel DeCarle (Prarie Oyster), Connie Kaldor and Stephen Fearing.

“Susan O is back, and putting the O in O-town” Lynn Saxberg – Ottawa Citizen

“Passionate, powerful… a spectacular voice…” Susan Lightstone.

“Susan… has a gift for spinning stark, down-to-earth tales. 4 out of 5 stars”  Steve Baylin

Runner up for “Woe” from Lonelytown – Songs from the heart 2003 (Folk Music Ontario)

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The Band

susan o & lonelytown

susan o / lead vocals, acoustic guitar

dave draves / bass, keys and vocals

fred guignion / lead guitar

peter von althen / drums

Contributors and Alumni

Borrowing from Rolf Klausener’s approach of giving much credit where credit is due.  I have been fortunate to work with a number of Ottawa’s finest people and musicians over the years, and that continues with the release of 20 Years.  Please support my current band and musical Alumni in their musical endeavors, they are special and talented people.


Jim Bryson / guitars, piano, keys
Olivier Fairfield / drums, percussion
Brian Sanderson / horns
Jeremy Gara / drums
Rolf Klaussner / guitars
Doug Gouthro / guitars
Danny Boivin / bass
Elaina Martin / vocals


Susan Odle