Slowpitch Jam

The Soda Crackers

The Swingin' Doors


Highrise Lonesome

Sue's Bio








SUE MALCOLM & THE SWINGIN' DOORS - Vancouver's newest western swing band takes all the members of The Soda Crackers and adds some more hot players.

SUE MALCOLM - vocals, guitar
Sue has performed bluegrass, country, old-time, western swing and children's music for many years, and is enjoying the opportunity to stretch out and include more western swing in her repertoire. A founding member of Vancouver's Pacific Bluegrass and Heritage Society in 1980, Sue has been leading beginner bluegrass jams since 1995 at many venues in BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon. She has helped scores of adult students get started with music making, through classes at the Trout Lake Community Centre, the BC Bluegrass Workshop, the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and other classes and workshops.

DON FRASER - lap steel, vocals
Don's abilities run the gamut from country and bluegrass to swing and gypsy jazz. As part of the duo 'Swingamajig', with son Michael, Don performed at jazz festivals around North America and Europe. Don has won numerous awards including first place at the Western Canada Guitar Championship. He is well respected in Western Canada as a teacher, performer and arranger, and has been a regular instructor at the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, Moveable Music School, BC Bluegrass Workshop and Vancouver Island Guitar Workshop.

RUBEN GURR - guitar, vocals
Ruben plays and teaches guitar, bass,keyboards and percussion. He is also an instructor in the Music Therapy Department at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

DOUG THORDARSON - fiddle, vocals
Doug is a long-time violin and viola player in the Vancouver roots music scene. He has played with Jimmy Roy's 5 Star Hillbillies, Blue House, the Casablanca Cowboys and countless other roots, country, western swing and gypsy jazz bands.

STU MacDONALD - bass, vocals
Before becoming a 'roots' bassist, Stu was well known in the Vancouver music scene as a member of such bands as Crawfish Fiesta, Helen Gone and The Beverly Brothers. Making good use of his razor-sharp wit, Stu made it his mission to revive the role of the bassist-comedian so popular with early bluegrass and country bands. He also sings on occasion.

Phil is a versaltile freelance musician who plays drums, Latin and Brasilian percussion and orchestral percussion. He has extensive live performing experience and also numerous recording credits. He also teach both privately and conducts group workshops. Phil has a degree in music from UBC

See the Calendar section for upcoming appearances.