Roy Forbes, formerly known as Bim, is a true Canadian troubadour.
The Pender Harbour Music Society is thrilled that he will open the 2013/14 concert series with a solo performance on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the School of Music.
Forbes and his trusty Gurian guitar have toured extensively in Canada and the U.S. over the past three decades. From the early days of small coffeehouses and opening act slots with artists like John Lee Hooker, Supertramp, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Santana to eventually selling out his own shows and headlining most of the major folk music festivals in Canada, Forbes has developed into one of Canada’s best loved acoustic performers.
Through the years he has made many solo albums (including one for U.S. giant Elektra) plus two with UHF (the ‘once-in-a-while’ group he shares with Shari Ulrich and Bill Henderson), as well as a Christmas album with Connie Kaldor. The first, Kid Full of Dreams, received a Juno nomination in 1976 while 1998s Crazy Old Moon received a 1999 Juno nomination and a 1999 West Coast Music Award, one of several WCMAs he has received over the years.
His songs have always been performed and recorded by other people: Susan Jacks (of the Poppy Family), Sylvia Tyson, Matt Minglewood, Valdy, Shari Ulrich in the early days and, more recently, Shawn Colvin, Hart Rouge, Tracey Brown, Cindy Church, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Suzie Vinnick and Norman Foote. Roy Forbes’ songs have also been used as source music for movies and television.
In the late ‘80s, he turned his hand to more diverse musical activities, producing other artists like Connie Kaldor, Mark Perry, Cindy Church and the Great Western Orchestra, Jo Whitley, Susan Crowe and, most recently, Blu Hopkins. Roy did his first film score in the early ‘90s (Nettie Wild’s Blockade) and continues to work in that field. His most recent soundtrack is the CBC TV documentary Stand Up Samurais.
Tickets for his performance are $25, available at Harbour Insurance, John Henry’s Marina, Sechelt Visitor Centre and Gaia’s Fair Trade in Gibsons.
See more details about this concert and the concert series at www.penderharbourmusic.ca.