I am a freelance writer living in the south of Adelaide. I am a vegetarian, humanitarian, animal activist and bird rescuer. I believe to the very depths of my soul that we are put on this Earth to look after those less able than ourselves.
Move Over Bob Dylan
Forté Bagshaw – Lives his Life Values of: Authenticity, Mindfulness and Compassion.
With the launch of Forte's live album he has proven himself to be worthy to join the elite team of folk rock musicians. In the 70s it was Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan who had me sitting on the edge of my teenage seat. Others were dancing to Abba, remorsing over the demise of Elvis and clinging tightly to the idea of Rock n Roll is here to stay. I, on the other hand, loved the melodious poetry in music of the folk style. I loved songs that told stories and drew pictures in my mind.
Forte weaves stories through his music. He sings ballads that speak of love, ethics, challenges and success. The music is tap worthy, bop worthy and is definitely great to sing a-long to. As an entertainer Forté is fantastic, his voice can reach and mimic the most complicated of lyrics, genres and songs. He sometimes entertains at the Noarlunga RSL. Last time I was there - many couples were up and dancing. More than a few were up dancing by themselves and in groups.
Forte sings his original songs at other venues including the Metro, Susie Wong's Room, The Gov, The Producers, The Jade Monkey and The Archer– in particular, Sunday afternoons at the Groove Garden, McLaren Vale. Forte has created a great rapport with the local community and it shows through the obvious respect and care they have for him.
Forte - Part of the Singing Gallery and McLaren ValeCommunity
It was no surprise that Forte's debut album would be launched down south at the Singing Gallery. The entire room was filled up with people sprawled out on the floor and squeezing into the cosiest of spaces. My hubby and I were lucky enough to score the couches closest to the stage so we were really in the mix. It was all I could do not to sing along! I lie – I sung along to the loudest songs and hoped no one would notice. We had bought a pre-launch cd that I had been playing every day for weeks and learned the lyrics to.
Forte has already had a few incarnations in this life time. He started life as Nik, the maths teacher, became a wandering minstrel for a while – checking out the alternative secular lives of a variety of free spirited wanderers and communities around Australia and New Zealand.
After a near miss (my understanding of some of the songs) with marriage and commitment, Nik changed his name to Forte and flew free to launch his vibrant career as an energetic Folk Rock Singer.
Did I say energy? You had better believe it! After 3 hours belting out his loudest songs and dancing while he plays guitar – he jumps down onto the dance floor and starts dancing with the group. His energy is amazing, his songs are thoughtful and heart touching and his authenticity and gentleness shines through with all things he says and does.