BRIDGTON —  Susie Burke and Dave Surette will be featured at the second concert in the Denmark Arts Center at the Drive-In LIVE Music Series at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In.

Burke and Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, the pair have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional and original folk and acoustic music. Burke’s vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt, and is matched by Surette’s fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they have appeared as backing musicians on numerous recordings. Many of these have come out of the New Hampshire seacoast area, where they are based, and which has a well-deserved reputation as a haven for folk and acoustic music.

Burke has been singing on seacoast stages since the early ’80s, as a soloist, a member of several local bands and in several duos, including one with guitar whiz Harvey Reid. Her musical tastes and influences are varied and many, encompassing contemporary and traditional folk, swing, country, topical songs and a cappella singing, with detours along the way for Broadway show tunes and classic ballads. “She possesses one of the finest, purest ballad sopranos heard in folk music today,” writes Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe, noting that “her phrasing is unerringly devoted to the lyric” and that “Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords – all too rare in these clever and cynical times.”

Before devoting her energies to music full-time, Burke worked as a day-care teacher, and her love of kids is evident in her participatory children’s concerts.

Surette has been performing in the seacoast area since the mid-’80s, both with Burke and with a number of other groups and musicians. He is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician. He was awarded an NEA travel grant in 1994 to study the traditional music of Brittany, France, and has written a book of Celtic guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Music, recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the N.H. State Council on the Arts in 1993.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Surette brings a variety of stringed sounds to the duo. Folk Roots magazine notes that his “bouzouki, guitar and mandolin playing is exemplary.” In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (N.H.) Community Music School.

The concerts are not business as usual. The COVID-19-safe music series is in substitution for Denmark Arts Centers fall fundraiser. They are rain or shine events, as their music will be piped into vehicles in case of inclement weather. A description of what the experience will be like at the concert accompanies each band listing on the website. The goal for each of these events is to get art into the community, employ musicians and provide a bit of relief.

The gate will open at noon and the concert will start at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 a vehicle (maximum five persons) and reservations are required. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit  The Bridgton Twin Drive-In is at 383 Portland Road.

The Denmark Arts Center is housed in the town’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, 50 West Main St., Denmark. DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art to community members young and old. For more information, visit

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