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'Roy's Record Room' on the CKUA Network
A Message From Roy - My Next Chapter
In Red Deer At the Elk's Hall
Straight Outta Dawson on CBC-TV
Feature Story in The Salmon Arm Observer
Interview on CBC Radio's North By Northwest
Feature Story in The Vancouver Sun
Feature Story on the CBC web site
Performing live on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio
Take Back This Land - Roy Forbes with Chilliwack
The Return to Dawson Creek
Interview on CBC Radio One's North by Northwest
Roy Co-Produces Compilation Series for Bear Family
The 40th Anniversary Tour!
CDs now available on iTunes
Thistles CD now available on iTunes
Two more artists cover Roy's songs
A 'Snap Crackle Pop' Message
Honourary Degree and Roy's Own Street


‘ROY'S RECORD ROOM’ ON CKUA
Sundays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Mountain Time (noon - 1:00 pm Pacific Time)

WIND-UP WESTERN HOUR ON ROY'S RECORD ROOM

If you're a fan of old-timey string-band and hillbilly music from the 20s and 30s, you'll want to make sure you tune in to Triple-R Radio this sunday as Roy digs through the RRR vaults for original 78s from Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole & His North Carolina Ramblers, Uncle Dave Macon, the Coon Creek Girls, the Carter Family, Roy Shaffer,the Girls of the Golden West, the Tune Wranglers and more.

That's Sunday, April 16th, 1 PM, Mountain, for a Wind-Up Western Hour on Rooooy's Record Room, the show that unravels and reveals the roots of Today's tunes, for the pure joy of it. Eleven Years and Counting!

Check out the RRR Label Corner on the CKUA web site HERE for more cool label scans and other RRR related things. You can listen on-line HERE.


ON THE ROAD WITH ROY IN RED DEER

Roy will be heading out to Alberta next to appear at the Elks Hall, 6315 Horn Street in Red Deer. The show takes place on April 28th and it is presented by the Central Music Festival.

To buy advance tickets go here: www.centralmusicfest.com


STRAIGHT OUTTA DAWSON ON CBC-TV

Opera singer Ben Heppner, folk musician Roy Forbes, and soul singer Tonye will perform for the first time together as part of CBC Music's special concert series Outta Dawson. "There is no Dawson Creek sound," said Forbes. "The three of us are very different. But the fact that [Dawson Creek] had a little something to do with all three of us is pretty interesting. There`s more stuff going up there as well that people don`t know about."

You can read more about the show HERE. There is no air date yet, but we will post it here was soon as we know. Check back!


A MESSAGE FROM ROY - MY NEXT CHAPTER

Hey, all. Some of you already know, but for those who don't, I have some hard news to share. After an accident on December 22, 2015, I have lost the vision in my only eye.The last seven months have been a series of surgeries and visits to the Eye Care Centre in Vancouver where my doctors made a valiant effort to save my sight. My heartfelt thanks to them for their wonderful care and kindness. As well, Lydia and I would like to thank family and friends who have kept us surrounded by love and support throughout.

Despite this setback I have not been idle. With the help of my daughter, Suzannah, I continue to keep my CKUA radio show "Roy's Record Room" on the go (big thanks, Suz). And now, armed with a couple of new songs, I am ready to hit the stage again. I look forward to being on the road again very soon! Please come by after a show to say hi. - Roy.



AN ARTICLE IN THE SALMON ARM OBSERVER

In conjunction with the recently held Salmon Arm Blues and Roots Festival in Salmon Arm, BC. the local paper did an article on Roy. You can view it HERE.


ROY'S RECENT INTERVIEW WITH NXNW'S SHERYL MACKAY NOW AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING

We're finally able to provide a link to Roy's recent interview with Sheryl MacKay (pictured with Roy) on CBC's North by Northwest program. Roy talks to Sheryl about a recent event that has led to big life changes for him. You can go HERE to listen to it.


VANCOUVER SUN ARTICLE - AUGUST 8TH

Read a recent article in the Vancouver Sun by Francois Marchand about Roy's recent revelation HERE.


CBC.CA ARTICLE - AUGUST 8TH

Here's an article from the CBC News web site by Rafferty Baker about Roy's return to the Vancouver stage at the CBC Nooner series HERE. You can also seee more pictures of the event on Roy's Facebook page.



A LIVE PERFORMANCE ON ROUNDHOUSE RADIO

Roy performed Mince Meat Tart on a special Christmas edition of Live from Railtown with Terry David Mulligan. Watch The YouTube video as Roy is joined by Sheri Ulrich, Shaun Verreault, Barney Bentall and Craig Northey for a very special performance of Mince Meat Tart. Terry even joins in with all the fun!

Check it out HERE.


TAKE BACK THIS LAND - ROY FORBES WITH CHILLIWACK

Roy's UHF compadre, Bill Henderson, recently invited Roy to sing a lead vocal on the powerful new Chilliwack song, "Take Back This Land".

Bill says, "Roy Forbes, one of the most brilliant voices to come out of Canada in the last 4 decades, has whipped up some of his unique magic on "Take Back This Land"..."

Roy says, "Bill and May Henderson's "Take Back This Land" feels like a new Canadian folk anthem dressed in rock and roll clothes. It's a very uplifting song and a joy to sing".

Click HERE to hear Roy sitting in with Chilliwack. Please feel free to go to Roy's Facebook page and share this post with everyone!


AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE RETURN TO DAWSON CREEK

Here's an interesting article from the Alaska Highway News leading up to Roy's recent concert in Dawson Creek ...

www.alaskahighwaynews.ca


ROY'S ON CBC VANCOUVER'S NORTH BY NORTHWEST ON JANUARY 24TH, 2015

Roy was Sheryl MacKay's guest on her much-loved CBC radio show North By Northwest just after 7:30am PST. Roy and Sheryl talked about his new album 'Strikin' Matches LIVE!'.


ROY CO-PRODUCES 'THEY TRIED TO ROCK' COMPILATION SERIES FOR BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

Roy has joined mutually musically-minded pals Hank Davis and Scott Parker in co-producing "They Tried To Rock" - a four-part compilation series for the esteemed reissue label, Bear Family. The premise of the series is - how did pop and country stars react and try to survive as the rock 'n' roll tsunami swept through the music industry in the mid-nineteen-fifties?

Check the links to see cover art, descriptive notes and track listings for "TTTR - The Hillbillies", Volume 1 and Volume 2, the first two instalments in the four-part series. (FYI, these records can be ordered from Amazon.ca)

Hank, Scott and Roy are currently hard at work, compiling the next two discs in the batch, "TTTR - The Popsters", aiming for a 2015 release.

Roy has contributed to Bear Family releases in the past. He provided transfers from one of his rare 78s for Canadian country singer Bob King's recent BF reissue album, Rockin' The Jukebox

He co-compiled the BF Smoke That Cigarette disc back in 2009.

He also assisted with the transfers of rare 78s, 45s and acetates for the BF Real Gone Aragon compilation, released in 2003.


ROY’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

Forty years ago, at the age of eighteen, Roy journeyed to Vancouver from Dawson Creek to make a life making music. This fall, he celebrated ‘forty years a music guy’ with a series of concerts around the province of British Columbia. The shows were all solo – a guy and his guitar. Roy pulled out songs from all through his long career, including a few oldies that he hadn’t played in many years. Go HERE to read a journal about how it all went down.


ROY ADDS TWO MORE TO HIS ALREADY IMPRESSIVE LIST OF COVERS.

The folks just keep on covering Roy’s tunes.

Suzie Vinnick recently included Roy’s ‘Crazy ‘Bout Lovin’ Me’ on her superb new blues release, ‘Me ‘n' Mabel’. This is the fourth Roy tune this great gal has covered over the past few years. Go HERE to see Suzie's web site, and HERE to see her singing ‘Crazy ‘Bout Lovin’ Me’ on YouTube.

Denise Withnell (of ‘Cowboy Celtic’ fame) has a nice smoky version of Roy’s ‘Let Me Make It Up To You Tonight’ on her new CD, ‘Rose Petal Pie’. Go HERE for more info on Denise and her fine CD.


FINALLY! ROY’S ON ITUNES

What with the Beatles recently capitulating and Roy’s daughter (age 21) putting on the pressure (because her pals couldn't find his stuff out there on the Internet), the day has finally come. Roy now has four titles available as digital downloads on iTunes. Head on over there to check it out – you’ll find The Human Kind, Almost Overnight, Crazy Old Moon and Some Tunes For That Mother Of Mine ready to purchase! Go HERE to buy tracks from these albums.


ROY’S THIRD LP ‘THISTLES’ ON ITUNES

In May, 1977, Roy (aka Bim) went to Los Angeles to record his third LP for the recording giant, Elektra, working with the legendary artist/producer Emitt Rhodes. The album has been out of print since the late 70s but is finally available digitally on iTunes, thanks to Rhino Records. Go HERE to purchase it.


'SNAP CRACKLE POP' ON CBC RADIO ONE

After thirty-plus years with the CBC, my pal and SCP co-host Paul Grant retired in the summer of 2009. He’s taking some well deserved time to do whatever the heck he wants and I know that all of us wish him well. We out here on the West Coast really miss his warm and knowledgeable presence on the CBC. He’s one of the good ‘uns!

Paul and I managed to slip in quite a few editions of Snap Crackle Pop over thirteen years. From our first national broadcast on Radio One in September, 1996, to the most recent show in January, 2009, the two of us spent many a happy hour spinning those records, unravelling the roots of today’s music and sharing our finds with all of you. I learned a lot about making radio from Paul during our run of ‘Snaps’ and I want to say ‘Thanks, buddy’.

As my good friend Bill Henderson wrote, back in the early 70s, ‘If there’s no audience, there just ain’t no show’. And, folks, you SCP fans have been the BEST audience a radio show could have. I treasure the e-mails I’ve received from you over the years, sharing your own musical finds, memories, information, mis-information corrections and tips for some great batches of records that have now become a part of my collection. And those supportive face-to-face comments in airport bookstores, restaurants, post-offices and coffee shops; at after-concert CD signing sessions and on street corners all across Canada – all have been much appreciated. Thanks for being there for SCP.

At this point, I can’t say what the future of Snap Crackle Pop will be with the CBC. If it’s meant to continue at some point, I’m in! If not, it’s been a great run.

Here's the link to CBC's 'Contact' page just in case you want to write the CBC and request another SCP!
cbchelp.cbc.ca/hc/en-us/articles/216694438-Contact-CBC-English-services-


HONOURS FOR ROY AND A CONCERT IN DAWSON CREEK

The press release from Dawson Creek says ...

Northern Lights College, along with the City of Dawson Creek and the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre joined forces to make June 8-9 an unforgettable weekend tribute for acclaimed singer/songwriter Roy Forbes.

The festivities kicked with Forbes receiving an Honourary Arts Degree from Northern Lights College. The degree was conferred on Friday, June 8th 2008 during the Convocation ceremonies at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John.

Then, on Saturday, June 9th, the City of Dawson Creek recognized Forbes with a street-naming ceremony that took place at 2 pm. Mayor Calvin Kruk officially unveiled 'Roy Forbes Drive' - 11th Street from 96th Avenue to 97th Avenue.

The weekend was capped off on Saturday evening with a fundraising concert at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, with half of the proceeds going to the KPAC fundraising initiative.


This page was last updated April 15th, 2017