(born February 12, 1953 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia
) is a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter
, whose music bears heavy influences from classic American genres of acoustic blues
and traditional country
Formerly known as Bim
, his childhood nickname, he began his musical career in Vancouver
. Initially, he appeared as the opening act for such groups as Supertramp
, but soon came to headline and sell out his own shows. Forbes has appeared as a headliner in most of Canada's major folk music festivals. In 1984, he toured in the US with fellow Canadian Ferron
, with whom he performed a duet on the song "Proud Crowd/Pride Cried" for her album, Shadows on a Dime.
In 1987, he began performing and recording as Roy Forbes.
Forbes is known for his high soulful voice and percussive guitar
He is also a member of the supergroup UHF
, together with Shari Ulrich
and Bill Henderson
Songs written by Forbes have been recorded by Sylvia Tyson
, Garnet Rogers
, and Susan Jacks
- Kid Full of Dreams (1975)
- Raincheck on Misery (1976)
- Thistles (1978)
- Anything You Want (1982)
- New Songs for an Old Celebration (1985)
- Love Turns to......