Susie Honeyman

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Susie Honeyman
Born (1960-01-31) 31 January 1960 (age 62)
Glasgow, Scotland
GenresPost-punk, Alternative rock, Sound sculpture
Occupation(s)Musician, curator
LabelsA&M Records, Bloodshot Records, Some Bizzare, Quarterstick Records, Fire Records, Grey Gallery Records

Susie Honeyman (born 31 January 1960) is a Scottish violin player best known for her work with The Mekons.[1] She is co-founder of the Grey Gallery.


Honeyman was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Honeyman studied Music at the University of Edinburgh and moved to London in 1982. She is married to painter Jock McFadyen, with whom she has two children (Annie b.1993 and George b.1995)

Apart from her long involvement with the Mekons[2][3][4] (she joined the band in October 1983) she has played live and recorded with many musicians,[5] including The Fire Engines, Rip Rig + Panic, The Higsons (as the Susie Honeyman String Sensation), Mari Wilson (as a Melting Moment), Hermine and accordion player Ian Hill. Honeyman played with Vivian Stanshall[6] from 1983 until his untimely death in 1995. She has also worked with double bassist Julia Doyle and drummer Dave Fowler and the Senegalese singer Nuru Kane.[7]

From 1983 until 1992 Honeyman worked with Echo City, the sonic playground builders and performers, building the UK's first sonic playground in an adventure playground in Bethnal Green, making instruments, playing as a band and running music projects worldwide with children and adults with special needs, working in such varied locations as the Singapore Arts Festival, Glasgow Garden Festival, festivals in Canada and the Southbank Centre in London.

For many years she has collaborated with composer and multi-instrumentalist Giles Perring who was also in Echo City. In 2004 Susie and Giles Perring wrote 'Marsh Music' a piece incorporating tape loops of traffic from the A13 which formed part of a major mixed exhibition by the Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Jock McFadyen, Helena Ben Zenou, Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit.[8] In 2005 the Wapping Project joined the Jerwood Foundation and Jazz on 3 (BBC) to commission a piece of music from Honeyman and Perring to accompany the disturbing monumental photographs of Annabel Elgar.

In 2005 Honeyman and her husband Jock McFadyen founded the Grey Gallery, a nomadic entity working with artists, musicians and writers on a project by project basis. Grey Gallery projects include an award-winning survey show of the sculptor Richard Wilson[9][10] for the Edinburgh Art Festival 2008 and a solo show by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith 'This Artist is Deeply Dangerous'[11] in 2009.

Aside from the Mekons, Honeyman is a member of Little Sparta,[12] a three piece band based in London. Little Sparta has performed their own score live to Lotte Reiniger's 1926 film The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the Edinburgh Festival, and written music to accompany Allan Pollok-Morris's photographic exhibition Close: A Journey in Scotland,[13] which toured the Chicago Botanic Garden and the United States Botanic Garden in Washington in 2011 and opened at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012.

Selected discography[edit]

The Mekons

The Fire Engines

  • Candyskin, 7", Pop Aural, 1981

Rip Rig + Panic

  • Attitude, LP, Virgin, 1983

Vivian Stanshall

  • Sir Henry at N'didi's Kraal, LP, Charisma, 1983

The Higsons

  • Music to watch girls by, 7", 1984

Echo City

  • Gramophone, LP, Gramophone Records, 1987
  • The Sound of Music, CD, Some Bizzare, 1992
  • Echo City – Sonic Sport 83–89 Part 1, Gramophone Records, 1995

Pere Ubu

  • Worlds in Collision, CD, Polygram / Fontana Records, 1991

A House

  • I Am The Greatest, CD, Setanta 1992

Cud (band)

  • Asquarius, A&M Records, 1992


  • Rudy's Rocking Caravan, CD, Bloodshot, 1997

Little Sparta & Gerry Mitchell

  • Scalpel Slice, CD, Fire Records, 2006
  • Feasting on my heart: Keep Mother 5, 10” Vinyl, Fire Records, 2006
  • The Ragged Garden, CD, Fire Records, 2007
  • Little Sparta and Sally Timms, CD, Grey Gallery Records, 2009

Little Sparta

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 2010
  • Close: Music for an exhibition, Grey Gallery Records, 2012


  1. ^ "Susie Honeyman Page". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  2. ^ "The Mekons / The Mekons // Drowned in Sound". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Mekons Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Susie Honeyman". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Vivian Stanshall Archive:Susie Honeyman". 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Charlie Gillett -The Sound of the World Playlist". Archived from the original on 21 February 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  8. ^ "On the road again". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Frieze Magazine | Archive | Solo Shows". 14 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Turning point - Richard Wilson". 21 July 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Bob and Roberta Smith: This Artist is Deeply Dangerous". 21 August 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Little Sparta music, videos, stats, and photos". Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Close: Music for an exhibition, by Little Sparta". Retrieved 5 July 2020.

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