New Orleans-based Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, who is known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar. With an alto as unique as it is soulful, unpretentious songs that cut straight to the heart, and a wicked sense of humor, her live performances are legend. Considered one of the best Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana (no small feat), Gina is in demand from other great Louisiana musicians to play club gigs and festivals, some of the same talent that backs her up when she plays as Gina Forsyth and Friends.
Rheta Grimsley Johnson of Daily Journal probably sums up Gina best: “If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the gutsy folk singers who used to roam the earth with their instrument and protest, check out Gina Forsyth. In the tradition of Guthrie, Dylan and Prine she is writing and singing, not just fiddling while America burns.”
Gina is the longtime fiddler with Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun band, and appears on three of Bruce’s recordings, including his latest, Bienvenu Dans Sud de la Louisiane (2016). Gina's 2015 CD, Mid-City Aces, is part of the Cajun trio with 18-year old Cameron Dupuy on accordion and his father, Michael Dupuy on guitar. She has also toured with the Cajun rock band Mamou, and played with a number of other Cajun artists, including Sheryl Cormier, Paul Daigle, Lee Benoit, and Waylon Thibodeaux.
Known and loved for her songwriting and fiddling, Gina has released three solo CDs of original music, You Are Here (Waterbug, 2001), Promised Land (Waterbug 2012), and Copper Rooster (Waterbug, 2016). She has taught Cajun fiddle at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, and at Dewey Balfa Creole and Cajun Heritage Week in Louisiana. She also teaches private fiddle lessons.
Gina will perform at Coffeyville Community College on Oct. 9 as part of the college's Humanities Project. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.
For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.