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'You feel as though you've been listening to these songs and this voice for all your life' said Dai Jeffries from R2 magazine and
Stuart Forester has quite some stories to tell.

Born in Cumbria and raised from four months old in trailers and tents in Canada and Alaska for his first three years, he was instilled from the start with a wanderer's spirit and a dreamer's nature.

 â€‹His new album The Good Earth was four years in the making following the deepest personal loss, discovering new love and moving his life from London to rural Aberdeenshire, Scotland where the album was recorded. The thirteen original compositions are reflections of that pivotal time in his life and feature Stuart on vocals, acoustic guitar and appalachian mountain dulcimer with added colours of the harmonium, mellotron and piano. Two of Scotland's best fiddle players, Carol Anderson and Jonny Hardie, add wonderful melody throughout the album.

His 2013 album A Yard Of Ale was voted album of the year by roots music retailer Fish Records ahead of the likes of Martin Simpson and Chris Woods and proclaimed as 'an exceptional release, one of quite formidable character' by FATEA magazine. Like those trailers and tents, time has imbued Stuart's songs and voice with a trusted lived-in warmth; a place to shelter as the listener becomes engaged in these tales of love and loss, travel and travail. Some are inspired by Hull, the once-great northern English fishing port the Forester family eventually called home. Often cathartic and confessional in nature, sometimes observational or interpreted from tales heard, his songs tell of dreams broken and fulfilled, casual encounters which leave a mark on the soul, or the wonder of the seasons changing hands.

Says Stuart: "The songs, which all have an element of triumph and glory in them, are the reaction to a period of personal struggle, the sort that threatens to tear your life apart".

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