Local musicians/songwriters Sue Pyper and Julie Matthews are combining their musical talents in a performance April 2nd, at the First Tuesday fundraiser at the Mex Pub. The show is hosted by “Coast to Coast”, featuring Scott Lyle and Lainie Laughlin. 

The proceeds for this performance are going to the Comox Valley Transition Society, which provides services in and around the Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay areas (including Denman and Hornby Islands) to women and children who have experienced violence. They do this through fundraising initiatives and previously through their thrift store “Too Good to be Threw”, which was recently closed due to a fire.

Donations of food will also be accepted for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

This concert will be first time that Sue and Julie have performed together, and each will be adding their own unique talents to the evening. Sue Pyper is a London-born singer/songwriter who immigrated to the Comox Valley 20 years ago. In that time, she has charmed audiences with her beautiful vocals, eloquent song-writing, and an unpredictable British “inside voice” that occasionally finds its way over the microphone. Her first CD, “Before you Learn to Fly”, was nominated for 5 separate categories in the Vancouver Island Independent Music Awards, and won “Best Song” for the title track. She has released 2 successful CDs, and is currently dreaming of a third. Sue was also part of the popular female trio “Voices Three”, with singer/songwriters Helen Austin and Judy Wing.

Julie Matthews moved to the Valley in 2015, and comes with an impressive musical resume. Classically trained, she is a multi-instrumentalist, including piano, alto flute, ukulele, guitar, and pretty much anything else she can get her hands on. As part of various bands, she has opened for Spirit of The West and D.O.A. (in a toga no less!), and over the years has contributed her skills to many album recordings, bands, choirs and other musical groups. Julie is also a songwriter, crafting haunting and beautiful melodies that flow around well-crafted lyrics.

As impressive as this all is, her real claim to fame, however, is that she can drop-start a chainsaw…
Sue admits to being the weak link in this duo as she is totally lacking in chainsaw skills, and has never worn a toga, but they are all things she aspires to for future growth!

The concert starts at 7:30 and admission is by donation.


Scott Lyle

Coast to Coast