A VILLAGE venue is set to welcome a world-class traditional folk singer with a growing reputation next weekend.
Stuart Forester, accompanied by fiddle virtuoso Carol Anderson, will perform from 5pm at the Dog and Partridge, in Church Lane, Marchington, on Sunday, April 20.
The South London-based songwriter is a regular at the legendary Cecil Sharp House Folk Club, in Camden, and gigs around the vibrant London folk scene.
Last year was a big one for Forester, who has now started to get headline slots at big folk venues after recent support slots with Dick Gaughan, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, Carrie Elkin and Martin Carthy.
Also in 2013 Forester released his self-produced album, A Yard of Ale, on Melonstone Records.
The LP is mastered by Pete Maher, whose recent projects have included work with U2, The Killers, Scissor Sisters, former Oasis and Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher and White Stripes and Raconteurs front man Jack White.
Tim Carroll, of music publication Folkwords, gave a glowing review of A Yard of Ale.
He said: “Blessed with a resonant, classic English-folk voice, he can 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.”
As Forester continues to build a formidable live reputation, A Yard Of Ale is the album that could push him to the forefront of British folk music.
A review in Bright Young Folk magazine reads: “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.”
Anderson, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, is an experienced fiddle player who is now based in the heart of London.
She is also well-known as an exponent of pipe music.
Much of her recent work has been a collaboration with guitar and banjo expert Martin McDonald.
Anderson has been playing the fiddle since she was 10 and is recognised a top instrumentalist in the UK folk scene.
More information about the gig is available by calling the Dog and Partridge on 01283 820394.
Elswhere in the Uttoxeter area, rock covers band Renegade are playing at The Old Star.
Fans of lively, up-tempo, well-known rock music are set to flood to the Queen Street venue from around 8.30pm on Saturday, April 21.
More information on Renegade is available by searching their name on Facebook.