Susan MacLean was born and raised in Washabuck and now resides in the Sydney area. She has been a regular performer at the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs since their inception, has performed with various Cape Breton musicians at dances, concerts and house rackets, and has taught Cape Breton style piano accompaniment for many years at Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann's. A long-time member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association, Susan's enthusiasm for Cape Breton style piano comes from influences within her own extended musical family. She credits much of her success to the encouragement of her late grandfather, Michael Anthony MacLean, who was a well-known dance player. Brothers Carl and Hector MacKenzie are her well-known fiddling uncles and the Barra MacNeils are first cousins.