The Forefathers are a 4-piece instrumental ensemble performing original Ambient World
Rock. The band fuses various genres such as Celtic, New Age, Afro-Beat, Folk, &
Rock into a distinctive sound. The Forefathers’ music evokes a spirit of positive
energy, mystery, and adventure that stimulates the listener’s imagination to new
The Forefathers are comprised of Rich Marcil (12-string acoustic guitar, electric
guitar, mandolin, & E-Bow), Thuan Nguyen (bass guitar), Russ Gaspard (violin, keyboards,
& harmonica), and Curtis Michelson (drums). Together since 2005, The Forefathers
have released 3 CD’s and 1 EP. Their latest, entitled “Aurora“, debuted in January
2011 and is comprised of 11 tracks that features, in addition to The Forefathers,
several highly talented guest musicians who contributed woodwinds, keyboards, and
vocals. The band is performing shows throughout 2011 to promote the new album. “Aurora”
has received considerable radio airplay highlighted by the bands #8 placement on
National Public Radio’s Echoes program Top 25 for the 1st half of 2011.
The Forefathers' previous release, Manataka, contained the tracks "Mountain Rose",
"Silhouettes", "Manataka (Place of Peace)", & "Awake" that were featured on many
radio shows, including National Public Radio‘s Echoes. The track "Mountain Rose"
was also selected for inclusion on the compilation Tribute to Stuart Adamson (late
singer/guitarist of the Scottish band Big Country). Velocity Magazine called the
album “superb and richly textured ... its global essence is obvious and will stir
your soul…”. Upon hearing the Manataka album, it was also enthusiastically endorsed
by the Manataka American Indian Council.
The Forefathers have performed numerous well-received live shows at music, art, and
eco-awareness festivals, as well corporate events and music clubs. The band was
once recognized as the "Best Acoustic Act" in the Central Florida region by The Orlando
Weekly while guitarist Marcil was, in 2009, selected among 10 finalists for Musician
of the Year by the Songwriters Showcases of America.
In 2010, The Forefathers created a soundtrack to accompany spoken word artists and
the Emotions Dance company’s presentation of Poetry In Motion that premiered to an
enthusiastic theatre audience. In January 2011, the band celebrated the release
of Aurora with a CD Release Celebration and performance at Timucua, a beautiful custom-built
concert venue within the home of Benoit Glazer, the conductor of Cirque du Soleil’s
La Nouba at Orlando’s Downtown Disney.
"Aurora" - 3rd CD, released January 2011
"Comfort & Joy" - EP, released December 2007
"Manataka" - 2nd CD, released July 2007
"The Forefathers" - debut CD, released February 2006