Forrest grew up around oldtime music and folk dance of several varieties at the John C. Campbell folk school in Brasstown, North Carolina. He joined Cane Creek in in February of 2006, after a three-year international tour of folk dance instruction (among other things) in Japan and Scandinavia. He joined Apple Chill with the Italian tour in the summer of 2006. A true dance addict, when not clogging, Argentine tango, Lindy hop, and contra dancing keep his toes movin’ and groovin’ with the beat of the music.