Sue Cunningham was raised in a musical family and has been involved with music since she was five years old. She is also a practicing engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Through her performances and recordings with the international touring band Hickory Project and others, combined with her unique education in classical music, Sue has gained national recognition as a fiddler and fiddle instructor. She was an eight-year member of the South Ocean String Band (West Palm Beach, FL), a former member of the White Sands Panhandle Band (Pensacola, FL), prior to founding Hickory Project in January 2000. She is a three-time Florida Bluegrass Fiddle Champion and has co-written many of the Hickory Project’s songs.
Sue has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, RockyGrass, Magnolia Festival, Suwannee Springfest, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), Winterhawk, Augusta Heritage (Bluegrass Week), in addition to many other festivals and important venues across the country.
With her former band Hickory Project, Sue performed with Vassar Clements and their twin fiddles delighted audiences at festivals, concerts, and workshops around the country. In addition to performances in the US, with the Hickory Project she completed two tours of Australia, performed in Ireland on numerous occasions, and completed four tours in Europe.
Sue is currently touring with Verlon Thompson and performing their new musical drama Find Your Angel. They are celebrating the release of a new CD, Find Your Angel, which is the story in song of a privileged southern belle from Vicksburg, Mississippi whose perfect life collides with the Civil War.