Stuart Forester
songwriter storyteller troubadour
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Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition originally from Hull, East Yorkshire. He has quite some stories to tell and that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his album A Yard Of Ale, released in May 2013.
Voted album of 2013 by Folk Music retailer Fish Records ahead of weighty folk artists such as Martin Simpson and Chris Wood, A Yard Of Ale is the album that, if there is any justice in this world, will push Stuart Forester to the forefront of British folk music.

'...blessed with a resonant, classic English-folk voice...he can also write, play and sing touching, searching and pointedly perceptive narrative-rich folk songs. For assurance, were any needed, his latest album 'A Yard of Ale' is the only testament required. These are songs that you'll want to hear again and again.' – Tim Carroll. Folkwords

In September 2013 Stuart teamed up with the sensational fiddle player Carol Anderson from Aberdeen creating a formidable musical force with truly exciting possibilities. The duo have been gigging around the UK and working on new songs by Stuart and fiddle tunes from Carol's exstensive repetoire. A new album is planned for late 2014.

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Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson Star of the West live at Twick Folk March 2014

It was a big night at Twickfolk th is weekend with both Dick Gaughan and Stuart Forester in the Twickfolk spotlight. With a big crowd, we found ourselves in the folk amphitheatre upstairs and under a fierce red spotlight it felt like we were in a boiling cauldron. The music lived up to it's roasting atmosphere and it was a memorable night.
Stuart started off proceeding with an excellent and unpretentious set of earthy narratives. Themes included piracy, hellraising and drinking, with 'The Star of the West' being my favourite.

"Cumbrian born, London based, folk guitarist, mountain-dulcimer player & singer-songwriter. Stuart’s clarity of voice & guitar, along with his tapestry of woven lyrics, holds his audience in a pin-drop spell". -

Stuart Forester & Carol AndersonYorkshire Rose live at Twick Folk March 2014
'This is a storming release encompassing all sorts of songs and creating several atmospheres - whether it's the stormy, cold Icelandic seas, a scene of farewell, bawdy nights out or sunny lanes. It cuts back to what good folk music needs to be in essence; a brilliant story, simple musical motifs, and a strong voice and personality. Watch this space - there's some real talent to be spotted here.' - Bright Young Folk

Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson Mitcham Fair Green live at Twick Folk March 2014

Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson Red Brick Ballads live at Twick Folk March 2014

Carol Anderson & Stuart Forester Red Culbokie/The Rejected Suitor/The Fourth Floor


'A Yard of Ale'
the new 12 track album - out now.

'Formidably persuasive.' fROOTS.

'You feel as though you've been listening to
these songs and this voice for all your life.'
**** - R2 Rock n Reel.

'This guy is clearly a talent. Pure class.'
The Living Tradition.

'This is an exceptional release,
one of quite formidable character'
FATEA Magazine.

'..this collection of songs is really quite special.'
Folk London.

'A great singer, songwriter.
He writes really finely crafted songs that feel to me
to be deeply rooted in the tradition'
Mike Harding.

A Yard of Ale CD
Shrink wrapped gatefold digipak with 12 page lyric booklet
Free P&P




A Yard of Ale digital download
Individual high quality MP3 tracks or full album




Gigs 2014
All gigs will be accompanied by
Carol Anderson on fiddle

Friday 10th January

Kontra Roots Club

Tuesday 21st January
Sharps Folk Club
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY

Thursday 13th February
The Traveller's Rest Folk Club
The Crown pub
Otford, Kent

Tuesday 18th February

St. Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre
St Neots PE19 2BH

Sunday 2nd March
Support to Diana Jones
The Cabbage Patch Pub
67 London Road

Thursday 13th March
Newport Folk Club
Newport Fugitives Athletic Club
High Cross Road
Rogerstone, NP10 9AD

Friday 18th April
Nottingham The Maze
Support to Merry Hell

Sunday 20th April
Sunday Club
at The Dog & Partridge, Marchington

Wednesday 30th April
The Miller
Southwark, London
Support to Merry Hell

Friday 2nd May
The Ram Folk Cub
Old Cranleighan Club
Portsmouth Road
Thames Ditton
Surrey KT7 0HB

Sunday 11th May
Dulwich Festival Fair
Goose Green, Dulwich

Monday 19th May
Green Note
Parkway, London
Double header with Kate Denny

4th - 6th July
Sark Folk Festival
date and time TB

Friday 26th September
Support to Martin Simpson,
Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr
The Goose Is Out
The Ivy House
DUlwich, London

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