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  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015
    Lodsworth

    Langham Brewery,
    The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, Near Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9BU.

    From 7.30pm.

    More details here.

    Flyer here.

  • Sat
    14
    Feb
    2015
  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015
  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015
    Brighton

    The Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ED.

    2-5pm.

    Supporting Robb Johnson & The Irregulars.

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2015

    The Wood & The Wire Radio Show.

    9pm to 11pm.

    Live session & interview.

    107.1FM www.p5radio.com www.AHBS.org.uk

  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2015
    London

    Effra Social,
    89 Effra Road, Brixton, London SW2 1DF.

    4pm to 8pm.

    Flyer here.

  • Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015
    Welwyn Garden City

    The Green Room,
    The Doctors Tonic, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6PR.

    Supporting Lucy Ward.

    £10.

  • Sat
    02
    May
    2015
    Maidstone

    Maidstone Fringe Festival, The Flower Pot, Sandling Road, Maidstone.

    On stage 8.15pm.

    Flyer here.

  • Sat
    06
    Jun
    2015
    Maidstone

    Pizza Express Maidstone,
    32 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS.

    Supporting Fate The Juggler.

    £10. Get tickets here.

    Flyer here.

    Doors open 7pm, I'm onstage 8pm for 45 minutes.

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015
    Cambridge

    The Elm Tree, 16a Orchard Street, Cambridge, CB1 1JT.

    2 sets from 8.30pm.

    More info here.

  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2015
    Horsham

    The Tanners Live Lounge,
    The Tanners Arms, 78 Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BU.

    From 8.30.

    Facebook event here.

  • Tue
    07
    Jul
    2015
    Diss

    Waveney Valley Folk Collective,
    Crossways Inn, 4 Bridge Road, Scole, Diss, Norfolk IP21 4DP.

    8.30-11pm.

    £2.

    More info here.

  • Thu
    06
    Aug
    2015
    Canterbury

    Beautiful Town Music, The Ballroom,
    15 Orange Street, Canterbury CT1 2JA.

    Songwriters Showcase night.

    Doors 7.30, free entry.

    Forrester on-stage 9.10.

    Facebook event here.

  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2015
    London

    The Breathing Room at The Antelope,

    76 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9NG.

    Doors 7.30. £5.

  • Sat
    10
    Oct
    2015
    Rainham

    The Acoustic Sessions,

    The Oasthouse Theatre, Stratford Lane, Rainham ME8 8AG.

    £5 plus booking fee. Tickets here.

  • Tue
    27
    Oct
    2015
    London

    The Horse & Stables,

    122 - 124 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7RW.

    Doors 7.30. £5.

    Plus Ger Lane, Juliet Lawson, Alisha Sufit & Moykal O'Bui.

    Next to Lambeth North tube.

    Facebook event here.

  • Fri
    13
    Nov
    2015
    Reading

    30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST.

    Big Untidy night. Doors 7.30pm,

    I'm on-stage 8pm, £5. Event here.

    Plus The Broken Rebels, Grant Sharkey and Zoe West.

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2015
    Maidstone

    19-23 Havock Lane, MaidstoneKent ME14 1ZE.

    3 to 6pm.

    With Roger Stevens, Trotsky the Baptist and Andy Fraser.

    Flyer here.

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    2015
    Greenwich

    Icarus Club Greenwich,

    The Pelton Arms, 23-25 Pelton Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9PQ. 8pm-11pm.

    Also playing are Nathan Persad, John Aldington & Adam Sweet.

  • Sat
    21
    Nov
    2015
    Maidstone

    Pizza Express Maidstone,

    32 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS.

    Supporting Fate The Juggler.

    £10.

    Doors open 7pm, I'm onstage 8pm.

    Tickets here.

  • Sun
    29
    Nov
    2015
    Walthamstow

    Walthamstow Folk Club,

    Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4SA.

    Irregular Records artists night. £7.

  • Fri
    04
    Dec
    2015
    Kemsing

    St. Edith Folk,

    St. Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Kent, TN15 6NA.

    Supporting Rory Mcleod.

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2015
    London

    The Harrison,

    28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF.

    The Acoustic Folk Highway night.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2016
    Köln (Germany)

    Cadenheads Tasting Room,
    Luxemburger Straße 257, 50939 Köln, Germany.

    Plus Fred Raspail. Klub Der 40 night.

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2016
    Lodsworth

    Langham Brewery,
    The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, Near Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9BU.

    From 7.30pm.

    More details here.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    Maidstone

    Pizza Express Music Room,
    32 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS.

    Supporting Nick Harper.
    As part of Maidstone Fringe Festival.

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016

    Kontra Roots Club,
    Earls Barton Working Men's Club, 1 Queen Street, Earls Barton, Northants, NN6 0LN.

    8pm.

    Facebook page here.

  • Fri
    10
    Jun
    2016
    7:30 pmReading

    The Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST.

    Big Untidy night Pressgang solo special!

    With Damian Clarke, George Whitfield, Cliff Eastabrook & Tony Lyons.

    Doors 7.30pm, music starts at 7.45pm.

    Tickets here.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    8:30 pmRochester

    The Flippin Frog, 318 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1BT.

    Unamplified acoustic gig. Music starts at 8.30.

  • Mon
    04
    Jul
    2016
    7:30 pmWokingham

    Wokingham Music Club, Emmbrook Sports & Social Club, Lowther Road, Wokingham, RG41 1JB.

    Supporting Mardi Grass Bluegrass Band & Days Are Done.

    Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on door.

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    9:00 pm

    BBC Radio Kent Folk Show with Doug Welch from 9pm.

    Live session & interview.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    11:30 amMaidstone

    Art Market, Lockmeadow Market Hall, Maidstone.

    Short set at 11.30am.

    Website here, Facebook here.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Bognor Regis

    Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL

    The Studio, (Alexandra Theatre) stage, 3.50pm.

    Festival Website

    Festival Facebook Page

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pmLondon

    The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF.

    Acoustic songwriter John Forrester bring his ‘songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love & weather’ to The Harrison on October 20th in support of his recently released ’The Former Me’ album. Tonight he will play a set solo, and then perform a trio set with pianist Jenny Carr & flautist Linze Maesterosa of predominantly new material. Support comes from one of London’s finest songwriters Alistair McFarlane.

    Doors 8pm. Music starts 8.15pm. Admission £5 on door.

    Doors open 8pm.
    Alistair McFarlane 8.15 - 9pm
    John Forrester solo 9.15 - 9.55pm
    John Forrester trio 10.05 - 11pm.

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  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pmLondon

    The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA.

    Plus Angela Inglis and Ell Phillips.

    Doors 8pm. On-stage 8.30pm. £4 advance, £6 on door.

    Event information here.

    Tubes:
    West Brompton  Station – 5 minutes walk away (District Line and Overground Lines)
    Earls Court tube station – 6 minutes walk away (District and Piccadilly Line)

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Cranleigh

    Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS.

    Acoustic Night.

    Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £7.75 from here

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Rainham

    The Oasthouse Theatre, Stratford Lane, Rainham ME8 8AG

    £5 plus booking fee.

    Tickets here.

    Acoustic Sessions Facebook Page

  • Fri
    09
    Dec
    2016
    7:30 pmReading

    The Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST.

    Big Untidy night. Plus Wob, Jon Mason & Pog. 7.30pm - 11pm.

     

  • Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016
    7:30 pmLondon

    122 – 124 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7RW

    Part of the 20th anniversary of Mike Boyce's ‘Suspend Your Disbelief’ album. Plus SYD Associates, John Dougherty, Dave Deares & Genius Steals.
    Venue website.

    £5 on door.

  • Wed
    14
    Dec
    2016
    7:30 pmTunbridge Wells

    The Grey Lady, 70 - 72 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TW.

    Part of Paul Dunton & Guests night. £5. Doors open 7.15, Forrester on-stage 7.45pm.

    "Paul Dunton & Guests presents a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area's finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, songwriting and musicianship."

    DATE CHANGED from 6th December

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017
    London

    Hot Vox presents @ The Lucky Pig, 5 Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 6BB.
    Venue website.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we present you ‘Moonshine’ - HOT VOX's brand new night of this city's finest acoustic acts. Held in the heart of Fitzrovia, The Lucky Pig is one of London’s best hidden gems.

    Amidst the classic speakeasy décor, this night harnesses the city's old fashioned style and charm to provide you with a quality night of music along with some great cocktails and good times! So make sure you’re on top form for our luxurious musical line up, friendly atmosphere and a bit of good Ol’ fashioned Moonshine!

    ARTISTS PLAYING:
    Maella
    Amber Liadan
    Jasper Storey
    John Forrester
    Chris Smee

    More information and guaranteed entrance via RSVP here.

    John Forrester on-stage 8.40pm.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    Kemsing

    St. Edith Folk, St. Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6NA.

    Supporting Green Rock River Band.

    £11. Bar at 6.30, Doors 7.30. Forrester on-stage 8.00. Tickets here.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 pmTunbridge Wells

    The Grey Lady, 70 - 72 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TW.

    Part of Paul Dunton & Guests night. £5. Doors open 7.15, Forrester on-stage 7.40pm. Also on bill - John McLane, Rosie Pennie and Josie Lee. Event info here.

    "Paul Dunton & Guests presents a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area's finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, songwriting and musicianship."

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    7pm - 9pmEastbourne

    Performing a 'pond song' for Waterweek 2017 at St. Elizabeth's Church, Eastbourne. Playing one song, pond-side, written especially for the event at the Eastbourne 'Pondering' - evening gatherings of discussion and performance

    More information here and Facebook here.

    'Waterweek2017 is a week long event about Ponds. Each day is a mixture of Pond visits walks, Pond Warden workshops, pond dipping, art, performance and conversations about ponds, ‘Ponderings’. There will also be a Pondweek Exhibition at Gallery North in Hailsham , East Sussex.'

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
    7:30 pmBracknell

    Artree Live - with Hannah Scott and Dragonfly Sky.

    South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA

    Tickets: £9 in advance on 01344 484123 or on the night. 7.30 - 10.30pm.

    Facebook event here.

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    8:30 pmRochester

    The Flippin Frog, 318 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1BT.

    Unamplified acoustic gig. Music starts at 8.30.

  • Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017
    Portslade

    Portslade Roots Music Club, The Railway Inn, Boundary Road, Portslade BN41 1GA.

    Supporting Maggie Holland.

    £7 on the door.

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pmReading

    The Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST.

    Big Untidy night. 7.30pm - 11pm.

    Forrester on-stage 9.15pm for 40 minutes.

     

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 pmNew Malden

    Folk At The Oak, The Royal Oak, at 90 Coombe Rd, New Malden KT3 4RD.

    A brand new monthly acoustic night that I'm very pleased to be supporting for their second gig. I will be headlining this show. Come along!

    Every fourth Acoustic night, we will be accommodating established and touring Folk artists. On these nights, the "support" will be from our very own "Oakfolk".

    Floor spots will normally be limited to three songs, (approx 15 minutes, but more if time allows.) For booking a spot or more info, please message us on Facebook, or email us at folkattheoak@hotmail.com

    (Some limited spots will be available on the night so if you wish to put your name down, please be there for 7.30pm)

    Music will start at 8.00pm and finish between 10.30 – 10.45pm

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    5.20pm and 8.25pmKemsing, Kent - CANCELLED

    A BIG WEEKEND OF FOLK

    St. Edith Hall & Club, High Street, Kemsing, Kent, TN15 6NA.

    Unfortunately we've just been made aware that this whole event has been CANCELLED

  • Sat
    26
    Aug
    2017
    5:15 pmLodsworth

    'Live at Langhams'

    Langham Brewery,
    The Granary, Langham Lane, Lodsworth, Near Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9BU.

    Free Entry. 1pm to 11pm.

    Forrester on-stage 5.15pm.

    Facebook event here.

     

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018
    9:00 pm

    BBC Radio Kent Folk Show with Doug Welch from 9pm.

    Exclusive first play of new single released 26/01/18

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018
    Portslade

    Portslade Roots Music Club, The Railway Inn, Boundary Road, Portslade BN41 1GA.

    Headline show.

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    9:00 pm

    BBC Radio Kent Folk Show with Doug Welch from 9pm.

    Live session & interview.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmLondon

    Scaledown @ The King & Queen (upstairs), 1 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6DL

    Extremely mini album launch. 15 minute set playing the singles...

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018
    8:30 pmRochester

    The Flippin Frog, 318 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1BT.

    Unamplified acoustic gig. Music starts at 8.30 for an hour.

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
    Earls Barton

    Kontra Roots Club, Earls Barton Working Men's Club, 1 Queen Street, Earls Barton, Northants, NN6 0LN.

    8pm.

    Facebook page here.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
    8:30 pmFolkestone

    The Troubadour of Kent, 61 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JR.

    Unamplified acoustic gig. Music starts at 8.30 for an hour.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    Rainham

    The Acoustic Sessions, The Oasthouse Theatre, Stratford Lane, Rainham ME8 8AG.

    £5 plus booking fee. Tickets here.

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmTunbridge Wells

    The Grey Lady, 70 - 72 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TW.

    Part of Paul Dunton & Guests night. £5. Doors open 7.15, Forrester on-stage 7.40pm.

    "Paul Dunton & Guests presents a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area's finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, songwriting and musicianship."

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    Margate

    The Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A Eastern Esplanade, Margate CT9 2LB. Facebook here.

    Labour Party fundraiser gig with Attila The Stockbroker.

    More details here.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    Lychpit

    The Loft, Lychpit Community Hall, Great Binfields Road, Lychpit, Basingstoke RG24 8YL.

    A great night of Quality, Live Music at Lychpit Village Hall, RG24 8YL - featuring super talented artists. Doors 8.15. Music starts 8.45. Bring your own beer. £3 on door to cover hire of hall.

  • Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    Broadstairs

    The Chapel, 44/46 Albion St, Broadstairs CT10 1NE.

    Acoustic Showcase night.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    4:30 pmRochester

    Sweeps Festival, Rochester, Kent.

    4.30pm on the Boley Hill Stage.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    6:30 pmMaidstone

    Pizza Express Music Room,
    32 Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS.

    Supporting Coco And The Butterfields.
    As part of Maidstone Fringe Festival.

    Doors 6.30pm, Forrester on-stage 7pm.

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmReading

    The Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST.

    Big Untidy night.

    Doors 7.30pm.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018
    Rochester

    The Rising Sun, 6 Delce Rd, Rochester ME1 1XQ.

    Supporting Theatre Royal.

  • Tue
    29
    May
    2018
    London

    The Horse & Stables, 122 - 124 Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London SE1 7RW.

    Doors 7.30. £5. More information here.

    Next to Lambeth North tube.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmWorthing

    Coastal Connections, Coast Cafe, Beach Parade, Worthing BN11 2ES.

    Supporting Apples I'm Home

    Tickets £5 plus 50p booking fee available here.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018
    Kemsing

    St. Edith Folk, St. Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 6NA.

    Supporting Nine Barrow.

    £11. Bar at 6.30, Doors 7.30. Forrester on-stage 8.00. Tickets here.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018
    2:30 pmBracknell

    Wilde Sundays, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA.

    Plus Emma Jane Kennedy & Adam Giles Levy. Tickets: £8. 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

    More information here
    and here.

  • Fri
    20
    Jul
    2018
    8:15 pmSouthampton

    The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW.

    Three Monkeys gig with two other songwriters, singing 'in the round'. Three songwriters, one stage, one song at a time. 8.15 to 10.45.

    'Your one and only creatively-inspired, community-run, organic, love-filled, not-for-profit, quirky, slightly wonky, homegrown, 100% original, local cafe / gallery / venue / home-from-home in Southampton, bringing inspiration, art, ethical food and creative joy to our city since 2008' - sounds like my kinda place!

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    8:50 pmFriend Festival

    Friend Festival, Friend Animal Sanctuary, Linton View, Bush Rd, East Peckham, Tonbridge, TN12 5LL.

    8.50pm on the Almost Acoustic Stage. ** NEW TIME ** Duo with Linze Maesterosa.

    More info here.

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018
    3:00 pmBognor Regis

    Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL

    The Studio, (Alexandra Theatre) stage. on-stage 3pm.

    Festival Website

    Festival Facebook Page

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pmBracknell

    South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA.

    Supporting Gilmore & Roberts. Tickets £12.50.

  • Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018
    8:30 pmFolkestone

    The Troubadour of Kent, 61 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JR.

    Unamplified acoustic gig. Music starts at 8.30 for an hour. Duo gig with Linze Maesterosa.

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019
    3:30 pmLewes

    Lewes Con Club, 139 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XS

    3.30pm to 5.30pm in the bar.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019
    6:30 pmPolegate

    Bluebell Roots - Music In The KitchenBates Green Farm, Polegate, BN26 6SH.

    This is a beautifully intimate gig in a farmhouse kitchen... I really can't wait!
    'Come and enjoy an evening of floor spots, wonderful food from the Kitchen and two invited performers. Bring you own drinks, food is £10 and whilst there is no entry charge we do ask for and expect a donation (ideally something folding) but whatever you can afford. In addition, we'll be running our usual open mic for the first part of the evening - spaces are limited, so if you're intending turning up to play, it's a good idea to let us know! The Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen will be cooking up a wonderful meal - bring some cash for that, and also to put in the pot for our featured artists.'

    Facebook event is here. Also playing are Dandelion Charm.

  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019
    Sat
    30
    Nov
    2019
    Your front room?

    I love to sing the songs in small rooms full of real listening people... so through October & November I'm booking as many house gigs as possible.

    Would this interest you?
    It would be a pleasure to sing for you.

    If you think this is possible, please get in touch to discuss. Thanks. Email: info@forrester.uk.com

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    8:00 pmLondon

    The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019

    Folk Club, Eastbourne

    The Crown and Anchor Acoustic Music Club
    Crown and Anchor
    Marine Parade
    Eastbourne
    BN21 3DX

    Left side of Eastbourne Pier (looking out to sea), on the sea front.

    Floors singers play the first part of the evening; Forrester in the second part of the evening.
    Upstairs function room.