Sue Foley, photo by Danny Clinch

By Kathy Hicks

Hello dear readers!  It’s been a long time!  Live music is back and so am I, and do I have a show for you to see!  If you have plans on June 16th, cancel or reschedule, because you do not want to miss this fiery redheaded guitar slinger when she hits Portsmouth, NH.  

Sue Foley, self-dubbed “The Ice Queen,” hails from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Born to a working-class family, she grew up listening to her father play guitar and sing Irish folk music but was also influenced by the music of the times – the burgeoning sounds of blues rock that was being played by the Rolling Stones and the like.  When she was fifteen, she watched James Cotton play live and was forever changed; she decided that she was going to play blues guitar, and since has dedicated her life to her craft.

Sue formed her first band after moving to Vancouver, BC in the mid 1980’s and quickly gained notice, playing many of the clubs on the island and mainland.  By the time she was 21, Sue had moved to Austin, TX, where she was signed on with the legendary Antone’s label.  Antone’s is an institution down in Austin and has propelled many greats over the years, including Jimmie Vaughan and his kid brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Along the way Sue won a Juno in 2001 for her album Love Coming Down, plus many Maple Blues Awards.  Just recently, she won two Blues Music Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album for Pinky’s Blues and the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, repeating her 2020 win in the same category.

I am absolutely psyched to see this show at Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club.  This is a new spot for music in New Hampshire, and I am thrilled to finally get to see a show there – even more so to have it be The Ice Queen herself I get to see.  I sure hope y’all will come out and join me! (Tickets are available here.)


Thu, JUN 9 Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

Fri, JUN 10 The Hamilton Live Washington, DC

Sat, JUN 11 Billtown Blues Festival 2022 Hughesville, PA

Sun, JUN 12 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT

Tue, JUN 14 Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks Ridgefield, CT

Thu, JUN 16 Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club Portsmouth, NH

Fri, JUN 17 The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio Albany, NY

Sat, JUN 18 A Weekend Of Blues 2022 Hemlock, NY

Mon, JUN 20 Maple Blues AwardsToronto, Canada

Sat, JUN 25 Blues From The Top 2022 Winter Park, CO

Thu, JUN 30 Summer in the Park San Marcos, TX

Sun, JUL 10 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2022 Ottawa, Canada

Thu, JUL 14 Stone Crop Acres Winery and Vineyard Morrisburg, Canada

Sat, JUL 16 Old Dog Tavern Kalamazoo, MI

Fri, JUL 22 Fort Langley Jazz Festival 2022 Langley City, Canada

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