Stuart Forester has quite some stories to tell. And that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his new albumA Yard Of Ale, released 1st May 2013 through Melonstone Records.
'...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
Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition who is a regular at the legendary Cecil Sharp House Folk Club in Camden and can be seen frequently on the London folk scene. Recent supports to Dick Gaughan, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Carrie Elkin and Martin Carthy have been greatly received, leading to headline bookings at some well-established London folk venues throughout 2013.
Stuart's self-produced album A Yard of Ale is mastered by Pete Maher, whose recent projects include U2, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, Liam Gallagher (Beady Eye) and Jack White to name just a few.
As he continues to build a formidable live reputation, 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.
Click here for full biography Support to Dick Gaugan, November 2012.
It was a big night at Twickfolk this 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. - http://artoffolk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/dick-gaughan-in-twickfolk-spotlight.html
"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". - http://www.folkorbit.talktalk.net
Stuart Forester & Carol Anderson live at Islington Folk Club, October 2013
'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
'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'
'..this collection of songs is really quite special.'
'A great singer, songwriter.
He writes really finely crafted songs that feel to me
to be deeply rooted in the tradition'
A Yard of Ale CD Shrink wrapped gatefold digipak with 12 page lyric booklet
A Yard of Ale digital download Individual high quality MP3 tracks or full album
"Awesome" – Dick Gaughan
"Smashing song" – Martin Carthy (about 'Star Of The West')
"Fantastic fingerpicking" – Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention)
"Brilliant mountain dulcimer player" – Wizz Jones
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