Gina Forsyth

People’s Choice Winner – folk category – Offbeat magazine, New Orleans

Raised in Alabama, Forsyth grew up on hymns, country songs and old-time fiddle tunes. In 1983, she moved to New Orleans, where she studied classical and jazz violin under Ellis Marsalis and others at Loyola University. Calling herself “an adopted cajun,” she moved to Lafayette for a time to steep herself in Cajun music. She toured with the Cajun rock band Mamou in 1989, and sang “Valse de la Vie” on the group’s Ugly Day CD (Rounder, 1992). She currently tours with Bruce Daigrepont, appearing on his recent Rounder CD, Paradis. Songwriting Awards include Emerging Songwriter Winner at Napa Valley Folk Festival (1993) and New Folk Winner at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (1996).

“Musically, Forsyth’s traditional folk sound encompasses a stylistic range that is much more of a roots gumbo than what the term ‘folk’ has come to represent in modern times Bluegrass, Cajun, country, gospel and New Orleans rhythm and blues influences can all be heard in Forsyth’s polished but down-home sound.” -Southern Voice

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