Stuart Forester
songwriter storyteller troubadour
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Stuart Forester is a Cumbrian born folksinger of the highest calibre. His arrangements of traditional songs and beautiful original pieces have made him a draw in the London folk clubs and the wider folk scene. Not only an excellent guitarist and singer, he plays a mean dulcimer. His album ‘A Yard of Ale’ was voted album of 2013 by Fish Records ahead of the likes of Martin Simpson and Chris Wood. He is accompanied by Carol Anderson, Aberdeenshire fiddle player extraordinaire. Together they create a formidable musical force.

'...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

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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". -



'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'
12 track album - out now.
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



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Friday 7th October
Lumsden Hall

'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