Susan Werner performs October 7th in York, PA for the Susquehanna Folk Music Society

Photos by Robert Yahn

Dubbed by National Public Radio as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner will play homage to the American farmer, singing songs about farming (along with her other contagiously clever repertoire) when she performs at 8 PM on Friday, October 7th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York.

Complementsusan-werner-1-bob-yahning this agriculture-themed concert will be a Farmer’s Panel to be held at 7 PM. The church is located at 925 S. George Street in York.

The groups participating in the Farmer’s Panel include Sonnewald Natural Foods, the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education, Sunnyside Farms, and York Fresh Food Farms. Displays and literature will be available. The Farmer’s Panel is free.

Concert tickets are $25 General Admission, $21 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22.  Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at or toll-free (800) 838–3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at


During the concert Werner will keep her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmer’s markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, longing for a sense of place, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture. The characters in her songs are varied and colorful and the lyrics are sharp as thistles. With this new selection of songs Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene

“A concert is like going on a date,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner told Daniel Gewertz of the Boston Herald. “You want to be honest about who you are. You can’t just show up in a chiffon dress and expect a limousine to show up. You have to introduce yourself to an audience, take them by the hand.” A concert date with the always feisty and perceptive Susan Werner is an eventful ride, with stops in folk, pop-rock, and classic jazz styles. Since making a name for herself in the crowded folk scene of the early 1990s, Werner has kept audiences guessing with new ideas and approaches.

Born around 1965 in Manchester, Iowa, Werner grew up on her family’s hog farm. But she took to singing rather than farming. When she was three, she grabbed attention at a family party with her rendition of a beer commercial jingle. “That was it. My life direction was fixed,” Werner told Paul McKay of the Ottawa Citizen.

Werner has recorded numerous CDs including Hayseed which she dedicated to “my father and mother, and their fathers and mothers, and their fathers and mothers, and their fathers and mothers… farmers, all.”

This concert is presented in cooperation with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. Funding for this Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert is provided by Donna and Robert Pullo and the Puffin Foundation. Additional funding comes from the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. ________________________________________susan-werner-2-bob-yahn

To learn more about Susan Werner, read the following excerpt for the Riffs Magazine interview conducted in 2013 by Joe Montague. To read the full interview, click here:


When singer-songwriter-musician Susan Werner puts on her advocacy hat for farmers, talks about reeducating farmers and about more organic ways of doing things she does so with a great deal of credibility. Susan Werner grew up on a farm in Iowa and her family has been farmers for several generations. When she sings “herbicides done made me gay,” she takes a playful poke at the ultra-conservative element in farming who are homophobic. Werner who is gay felt this was an effective way to get those farmers to reconsider their position on continuing the use herbicides. All of which leads us to Susan Werner’s new Folk album Hayseed on which the song “Herbicides,” appears.

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