Emma Sunerton-Burl

United Kingdom

I played the drums for a few years in my 20’s with minimal lessons, but wasnโ€™t able to afford many lessons and didnโ€™t progress, so my enthusiasm faded. At 48 I borrowed a kit to play with my 13 year old on guitar and my husband joined us on bass. I instantly fell in love with drumming again. So I got lessons and have been addicted ever since, now at age 55. I love that the internet gives us such access to inspiration, learning and indeed community. My drumming inspiration comes from Jo Jo Mayer, Michael Schaek and Aric Improto.

Before the pandemic I was in a local avant-garde punk improvisational band and play Cajon in a folk punk band. I like a wide range of music; punk, EDM and rock, particularly where the subject matter is emotional, trauma and difficulty. I choose this song by King Buffalo as I am really taken with the hypnotic groove of it, and the 7/4 time really pushed my skills. It also is talking about emotional turbulence, anxiety and link to suicidality, topics that can be easily swept under the carpet and hidden, but that are important to acknowledge and express, as the track says, it doesn’t just go away in time.

My IMPACT is emotional, I am a psychotherapist and work to help people experience more self acceptance and peacefulness. I believe taking time to explore inner conflict and reactions to past trauma and how they impact present experience, leads to a more full acceptance of ourselves and others; increasing harmony and acceptance for all. Emotional expression and acknowledgment is an important part of this process and music can aid this enormously for player and listener alike.

33 Comments

  1. Lea Torregiano on April 10, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Absolutely awesome and energized performance, Emma!! Cool that you rose to the challenge of an odd time signature as well. Congrats on being a weekly winner!! Weโ€™ll deserved, my friend. Cheers!

    • Emma on April 11, 2022 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Lea – Much appreciated ๐Ÿ˜€

      • JoyB on April 24, 2022 at 6:52 am

        So awesome Emma! Quite an accomplishment already!

  2. Lea Torregiano on April 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Hi again Emma! Gotta love auto correct. Of course I meant to say โ€œWell deservedโ€ on your weekly win!

  3. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 21, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Great job, Emma. I really like your song choice. It sounds like a fun and challenging groove with a whole lot of attitude. I also really appreciate your story and your IMPACT statement.

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Maria ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Fi Rowe on April 22, 2022 at 1:36 am

    So excited for you Emma! Rooting for you all the way!!!!

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Fi

  5. Vanessa Doidge on April 22, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Excellent Emma. Well done.

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Fi! Much appreciated

      • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:54 am

        Thanks vanessa I appreciate you listening ๐Ÿ˜€
        I don’t know how my comment to Fi landed here..

  6. Matt Edson on April 22, 2022 at 7:35 am

    Well done Emma. Was this a whole family project? So cool. I love your drum ability and syle. Rock on.

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Matt – not the whole family – just myself and my husband – he played non-drums

  7. Christine B on April 22, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Great job, Emma! I have your support. Cheers!

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Christine ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Richard Vos on April 22, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Great job Emma! One vote from me! Goodluck!

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Richard much appreciated

  9. dmac on April 24, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Loved it. Great song. Great video. Awesome playing.

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Dmac ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. CazDrums on April 26, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I managed to get in!! Voted – looks like you are the only 40+ UK entry. Good luck Emma – excellent job on the cover. Really hope you do well xx

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      THanks Caroline! I appreciate your support ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Rockin Rex on April 26, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Sounded awesome which is what matters, could really feel the groove! Cheers.

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 27, 2022 at 1:46 am

      Thank you Rex ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Rockin Rexx Rockin Rexx on April 26, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Nice groove and sound! You rocked it! Vote in! Good luck! Cheers!

  13. Lea T. on April 27, 2022 at 10:27 am

    You’ve got my daily votes, Emma! Cheers!!!

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 30, 2022 at 3:35 am

      Thank you Lea – Very much appreciated

  14. Tina Huett on April 27, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    WoW!

    • EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 30, 2022 at 3:36 am

      Thanks Tina ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Dany Meyer on April 28, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Awesome ๐Ÿ˜

  16. EarthSongWoman EarthSongWoman on April 30, 2022 at 3:36 am

    Thanks Dany ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Alison Durbin on May 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Soooo impressive Emma I really enjoyed that. Love that driving 7/8

  18. Annie on May 3, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Very talented

  19. Annie Llewellyn on May 3, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Go for it!

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