- 11 Jan 18
Irish musician Susie Q (Susan Quirke), tackles the horrors of the Middle East's refugee crisis in the stirring video for her debut track ‘Home’.
The video features footage from around the world, conveying some of the chronic suffering that has emerged from the war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis. It also blends in footage of faces from people across the globe in a powerful message that regardless of race or religion, we are all one people.
Susie Q is also co-founder of the A Lust For Life wellbeing organisation alongside Niall Breslin (Bressie) and recorded the track with indie luminaries Colm Quearney and Rob Malone, both ex Lír, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Graham Hopkins, and Justin Carroll from the Frames. The track was mixed and mastered by another former Frames member - Grammy Award winner Dave Odlum.
Speaking about the song's themes, Susie said: “There is nothing complex about having empathy for another human who is suffering. There is no example in human history of fear or hatred bringing joy to people - love is a more powerful force”.
“The song is a reminder that whatever your race or religion, we are all one people, and together share this planet as our home. I think it’s important to remind ourselves of our shared humanity during these turbulent times. It can sometimes be easy to see each other as separate, but fundamentally we are all connected.” she said about the song.
“There are people who are violent with many different agendas but the world is mainly made up of decent people who end up suffering as a result. In many ways, today’s refugees across the world are not unlike those who fled the famine in Ireland on coffin ships in the 1800s. I think it’s important to remember that whatever our beliefs might be, most people in the world crave peace, safety, a home, an education, and decent lives for themselves and their children. In general, Irish people have a good sense of this and we’ve shown our compassion in many ways which is so important especially during a time when there is so much fear and division.”
Listen to 'Home' here: