(born February 12 1953
in Dawson Creek, British Columbia
) is a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter
, with a heavy dose of the classic American genres of acoustic blues
and traditional country
Formerly known as Bim, his childhood nickname, he began his musical career in Vancouver in 1971. Initially, he appeared as the opening act for such groups as Supertramp and Santana, 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 playing.
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, Valdy 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 Ice (1987)
- UHF (1990)
- The Human Kind (1992)
- UHF II (1994)
- Almost Overnight (1995)
- Crazy Old Moon (1998)
- Some Tunes For That Mother Of Mine (2006)