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Carmaig de Forest

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Birth name
Carmaig de Forest



Years active

Rock that Uke

Carmaig Forest

Folk music, Rock music

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Los Angeles, California

Sudden Death Records, New Rose, Serious Records, Knitting Factory Works

Associated acts
Violent Femmes They Might Be Giants

Idiot Strings, I Shall Be Released, Death Groove Love Party, El Camino Real, 6 Live Cuts

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Record label
Sudden Death Records

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Carmaig de Forest is a singer-songwriter, mainly on the ukulele, but also the guitar, originating from Los Angeles, California. Since starting his career as a ukulele singer-songwriter, he has mostly stayed in the creative musical underground of California and Baltimore, at one time touring with the Violent Femmes, who would later play with him on his DeathGrooveLoveParty album. Perhaps his most recognized achievement was being the warm-up artist for the Ramones in the early 1980s.


De Forest's political songwriting style has been referred to as "Raymond Carver's poems set to music". De Forest is also not afraid of expressing his political opinions, as he released a single called "George Bush Lies" in 1992, and re-recorded that song, this time protesting against his son, George W. Bush for the 2004 Presidential Election.

Many of his songs have been covered by his friends in the Baltimore and Vancouver underground scene, including Canadian accordion player Geoff Berner, who claims to be "touring for two", as Carmaig de Forest plays mainly underground gigs, while Berner is a bit more on the road.

His fourth studio album, Idiot Strings, was released on the Serious Records label on September 9, 2007.

Carmaig de forest ballad of the green guitar


  • I Shall Be Released (1987)
  • DeathGrooveLoveParty (1993)
  • El Camino Real (1997)
  • Idiot Strings (2007)
  • Singles/EPs/Others

  • 5 Songs (1982) cassette-only demo
  • 6 Live Cuts (1988)
  • George Bush Lies/Love is Strong (1992)
  • References

    Carmaig de Forest Wikipedia