Bold Forbes & Gillian Grogan
Bold Forbes blends the stories and poetry of the folk-singer tradition with genre-busting arrangements for strings and voice. Lyricist Nick Bloom writes songs that above all urge the listener to feel life deeply, while bassist David Halpern and violinist Reid Jenkins create arrangements that haunt, surprise, and inspire, creating a sound both challenging and eminently listenable.
Gillian Grogan is a Cambridge based songwriter with a knack for weaving narratives. Her performance is anything but Five Feet Small, wading through salty rhythms of travels past before fiddling around with the forest flows of her youth. Global folk and Appalachian influences have pinned the proverbial blooms in the hair of New England’s favorite street-side songbird.
Gillian sings stories where Americana meets folk and steeps into soul, where finger picking builds and gets slapped back to silence. And vice versa. The Woven Collective calls the outcome “an unforgiving tuggin’ at your roots, no matter where you come from, her lyrics wash over you like gentle reminders of another life you haven’t had yet.”
She calls it Full-bodied Folk.