How did Mary Sue ever get started on her muisc career? Completely through the back door. After years of sitting on her balcony, writing songs lifted up only to the night summer sky, someone actually heard one of her songs. And wanted to record it. And then wanted to record another song. Soon Mary Sue was left standing with a 100 tapes of 8 original songs and no clue of what to do with them. 1996.
Fast Forward. Mary Sue Twohy's smooth vocals dancing above subtle, expressive guitar garnered her a 2000, 2001 nominations for Contemporary Female Folk vocalist, Contemporary Folk Recording, and Song of the Year and 1999 Best New Artist Award from the Washington Area Music Association. Azalea City Recordings, Carroll Street presents The Risk Involved, Mary Sue's second recording effort, produced by Pete and Maura Kennedy. Training Butterflies, Mary Sue's debut, was produced by Pete Kennedy. Both CDs have gone to 2nd pressing.
"To quote Yoda, "Do or do not...there is no try." There's no trying about The Risk Involved; Twohy just gets out there and does it, and she does it well." Dirty Linen 2002
"Mary Sue Twohy is a gentle, but compelling singer..." Sing Out! Folk Song Magazine 2002
"If anything Twohy's soprano has only grown more appealing and expressive in the interim, and the choice of tunes this time around consistently serve her well"Mike Joyce, The Washington Post, 2001
"As far as the Goose-Bump meter goes, Mary Sue Twohy is up there with Nanci Griffith, Sarah McLachlan, Iris Dement." Dave Richards, The Morning News, 2000
Mary Sue has shared the stage with John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Magpie, Tom Prasada-Rao, Ellis Paul, David Massengill, Amy Fradon, Monty Delaney, Michael Jehrling, Silk City, Eddie from Ohio, Lisa McCormick, Vyktoria Pratt Keating, Teddy Goldstein, The Kennedys, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Terri Allard, and Darryl Purpose. Mary Sue has run a monthly open mic, has hosted packed house concerts, and for years assisted the Takoma Park Folk Festival as stage manager and Program Committee member. Mary Sue has stage managed at Pfister Pfest, Flat Rock Music Festival and Country Roads Folk Festival as well. Mary Sue has served as a song contest judge for the Mid- Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Song-writers Association of Washington. She also presents workshops at festivals and conferences called, "Making your Dreams at Night become a Reality by Day: Music Promotion Workshop."
Mary Sue has played the following venues: Washington DC Metro Area: The Kennedy Center, Institute of Musical Traditions, Folkal Point, Dick Cerri's Americana Showcase, Takoma Park Folk Festival, Women N Rock Events, Alexandria First Night, Medium Rare Concert Series, Metro Cafe, Herb Tea & Bread Festival, Frederick Festival of the Arts, Washington Folk Festival, Moore House Concert, Panzer House Concert, Dawson House Concert Connecticut: Women & Their Music Festival
Massachusetts: Fire and Water, Namaste Café Maryland,The Cellar Door, Quiet Waters Concert Series, 49 West, Red Door Coffeehouse New York: Postcrypt, BMI Acoustic Roundup
Virginia: Fredericksburg Picker Supply, Trax, Acoustic Charlottesville, Tokyo Rose, Artful Dodger, Pfister Pfest, Mason District Park Concert Series, Crystal City Water Park Concert Series, Fort Ward Park, Mountville Festival, Jammin Java Pennsylvania: Spring Fever Folk Festival, The Bridge Coffeehouse, The Rosebud Cafe, Tin Angel, Four Quarters West Virginia: Paw Paw Folk Festival, The Lost Dog New Jersey: Clearwater Folk Festival, Concerts at the Crossing
North Carolina: The Grey Eagle, The Evening Muse, Fiddle & Bow, Be Here Now, Flat Rock Music Festival South Carolina: Coffee Undergrounds Concert Series, Doni's Acoustic Cafe, Harmony Oaks House Concert, Folk Cannery Concert Series California: San Francisco Folk Festival