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Folks pick and sing at annual festival

Musician and singer/songwriter Gina Forsyth, who hails from New Orleans, was among the first to take the GottaGetGon stage during the Saturday morning sampler concert. She plays fiddle and guitar, performing songs the festival program described as unpretentious and heartwarming.

She categorized “Sparrows,” from her album “Promised Land,” as Appalachian New Age Gospel, the story of a sad heart lifted like birds’ wings from the weary world. The lively “We Shall Be Reborn” drew much applause for its lyrics and Forsyth’s fiddling:

“Someday, we’ll look back at the days of yore,

And the soldiers come home four by four.

We’ll say we’ve had enough of war.”

Fall is Here!

Fall has arrived, and I’ve got a whole slew of new shows on the calendar. Just click on the link.

In case you’re still wondering what I was up to this summer, I’ve got a couple of new articles you might enjoy:

Forsyth to play a few Cajun tunes at folk festival


Folks pick and sing at annual festival

Back home! Fall 2014 approaches…

I’m back from a busy summer of touring, and I’ve got some new shows to report. Let’s start with September…

Gina Forsyth Update–September 2014

Well, after yet another magical–and busy–summer, most of it on the road, once again, it’s been hard to get back to being home and settle in for the fall, but here I am, back at it. And, yes, I have a new gig–or four–to tell you about. And that’s only this weekend.

Three of them are this Saturday, September 13.

The first is called Downriver: Mighty Mississippi River Fest, and it’s at the Mint. We’re playing songs from the CD released last year by the National Park Service called Songs of the Mississippi. This is with Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Matt Hampsey, et al., and it starts at 11 am.

The second is at Cafe Istanbul, with Cameron Dupuy, and all the Cajun Troubadours, starts at 4 pm, and it’s a Cajun Festival for a worthy cause. The Catholic Worker helps to find affordable housing and work for those who are homeless or on the edge. I will also be hosting a jam later that afternoon. There’s a $10 suggested donation to get in, a $5 buffet, and all proceeds go to St. Thomas Hospitality House.

The last show this Saturday will be a return to the Neutral Ground, after two months absence–after The Shiz, who are playing from 7-9 pm, and before Sneaky Pete & the Fens, who are on at 10.

Thursday, 9/25, I’m back in Breaux Bridge, playing a special Thursday night show of traditional Cajun music, with Jonno Frishberg, et al. at Joie de Vivre Cafe.

And Saturday, 9/27, I will be playing fiddle tunes at the Marsolan Feed Store in Covington, with Jon “Brillo” Kashner.

I will soon be updating my website for lots upcoming gigs, from this fall, into 2015. You will be able to find it all at:

Speaking of which–I said this a while back, but it’s worth repeating–if you’ve looked at my website lately, you know that it’s been revamped, chock full of songs and videos. All of this is due thanks to the good folks at They’re new, they’re local, and they do great work.

And here’s the schedule for September:

Sat. 13 Downriver: Mighty Mississippi River Festival at The Mint 11 am
Old U.S. Mint, Esplanade at Decatur
w/ Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Matt Hampsey, et. al
Sat. 13 Cajun Fest, for St. Thomas Hospitality House, Cafe Istanbul 4 pm
2372 St.Claude Ave., in the Healing Center 4-10 pm
(w/ the Cajun Troubadours, plus hosting the jam) $10 suggested donation
Sat. 13 Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (New Orleans) 9 pm (504)891-3381
5110 Danneel St. (after The Shiz, before The Fens)
Sun. 14 Tipitinas 5:30-9 pm (w/ Bruce Daigrepont)
501 Napoleon Ave., corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas
Sun. 21 Tipitinas 5:30-9 pm (w/ Bruce Daigrepont)
501 Napoleon Ave., corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas
Thurs. 25 Joie de Vivre Coffee & Culture Cafe, 7-9:30 pm (or so)
107 N. Main Street, Breaux Bridge, LA (w/ friends)
Sat. 27 Old Feed Store Series – Fiddle Mania II
Marsolan Feed Store, 123 Gibson St., Covington, LA 12-2 pm
(w/ Jon Kashner, et al.)

Summer 2014 Tour Continues!

Once again, it’s time to go back on the road. For this trip, I will be going through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois for three fun shows. It’ll be my first time to play in Kentucky, so I’m looking forward to being there. The Illinois show will be with my friends emma’s revolution. If you’re anywhere near where I’ll be, and you’d like more information on any of the shows, check out the link above for Shows.

June 30 show link

The link, once again, is: