“A tour de force!”
— Pat Carfra
Susan Ellenton is an award-winning songwriter with strong roots in the participatory songs of summer camp. In her new one-woman show Sing for No Reason, storytelling and original songs become inseparable. The audience provides the soundtrack - raven calls, echoes, drum beats and more.
Sing for No Reason tells the story of the year-long birthing of a remarkable song. On another level, it's about coming to terms with mother-loss. Essentially, Susan says, it's a journey of discovery. "Creating Sing for No Reason has totally clarified why I perform. It's the greatest thrill to feel an audience find it's groove!"
Sing for No Reason is Susan's first full-length show in nearly twenty years. She began performing in the early 1980's, touring from Alaska to Newfoundland, and sharing the stage with the likes of Joan Baez. In the 90's, she wrote two full-length musicals - one had a sold-out run at Victoria's Belfry Theatre, and the other toured to Japan and the Smithsonian. Susan's songs have been covered by Cindy Kallet, Victoria's Getting Higher Choir, Vancouver's Jubilate Vocal Ensemble, Nashville's Carol Ponder and many others. Susan's 'Yukon Women' song is a northern under-the-radar classic; her secular spiritual 'Shine On' is sung by choirs all over the world. Oh yeah, and way back in 1980, she won the prestigious Madam Trapper award at Whitehorse Rendezvous.