Founded in the farms and clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and now based in Seattle, New Forge melds diverse forms of roots music with mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums and vocal harmonies. New Forge cultivates barreling bluegrass improvisations, funk, reggae and rock grooves, and many types of blues with unique and versatile instrumentation.
Mandolinist Matt Sircely recently appeared on the cover of Mandolin Magazine, and is a leading voice among a innovative generation of mandolinists. This year, he has appeared at festivals like the Strawberry Music Festival and DjangoFest San Francisco. He is currently recording his first solo record under the production of legendary banjoist and songwriter Danny Barnes.
Drummer and vocalist Joseph Mascorella grew up surrounded by music from bluegrass to jazz in his home state of Alaska, and plays jazz with groups such as Hot Club Sandwich and Zazou in Seattle. Mascorella's mastery of everything from reggae to funk, blues to bluegrass, drives an ever-changing diversity of grooves in New Forge sets.
Bassist and guitarist Zeke Wakefield is widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile and naturally talented young musicians to emerge from the Olympic Peninsula in a generation, harboring an unparalleled wellspring of creativity.
Jon Parry has been regarded as one the premiere fiddlers in the Northwest for decades, employing an unparalleled gritty, bluesy style that rides atop the diversity of grooves and songs presented by New Forge.
"The most exciting thing about this band is that it was founded on chemistry, says Sircely. "Together with Zeke, Joseph and Jon, we can handle anything at any moment, which leaves more space for creativity and nimble improvisation. For both the audience and the band, every experience is unique, and we like it that way."