Sue Malcolm has been a mainstay of the Vancouver folk and bluegrass scene since 1980 as a performer, instructor and organizer. She was a founder and four-term president of The Pacific Bluegrass and Heritage Society.
Recognized for her ability to help beginners gain confidence and enjoy making music in a group setting, Sue developed the Slow Pitch Jam method of teaching bluegrass jamming. She has presented this popular workshop at festivals in BC, Alberta and Washington including Wintergrass, River City Bluegrass Festival, The Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, Coombs Bluegrass Festival, Sooke River Bluegrass Festival and the Vancouver Island MusicFest. Since 1996 Sue’s monthly Slow Pitch Jams at the ANZA Club in Vancouver have been drawing huge crowds and helping hundreds of people experience the joy of jamming.
Sue has taught guitar, jamming and singing at the BC Bluegrass Workshop, Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, Vancouver Island Music Workshop, North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Coquitlam School District Continuing Education, and Trout Lake Community Centre.
With a background in education and counselling, Sue developed an award-winning children's program called The Buddy System in 1995. The trio performed songs to support school anti-violence programs, and visited hundreds of schools in southern British Columbia for over a decade.
She performs solo for seniors, hospice patients and cancer patients – an experience she finds very rewarding. For more information on Sue’s seniors performances please go to the Seniors section of this web site.
In 2012 Sue became a registered teacher of the acclaimed children’s program Music Together and taught kids from 6 months to kindergarten age at the Trout Lake Community Centre in East Vancouver.
Sue sings and plays guitar with The Soda Crackers, an eclectic trio whose repertoire includes vintage country, bluegrass, and swing. She has released four CDs and six volumes of Slow Pitch Jam songbooks with play-along CDs.
A strong belief in the power of music to enrich lives and build communities keeps Sue looking for new ways to involve and inspire others.