We have great pleasure in announcing that our headline act for August 26th, 2011, will be the wonderful Borders songwriter Archie Fisher. Master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is among Scotland’s foremost troubadours. Known widely for his 27 year stint as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show, Archie has now returned to touring and the recording studio.
In recognition of his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 and was awarded an MBE, for services to traditional music in 2007. The most recent recognition of his art came from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in 2008 when he was granted the Tradition Bearers Award.
Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers, Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher. Constant music combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s musical development, while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his singing and songwriting. Archie first became interested in folk music through the Skiffle era of the late 1950’s under the influences of performers such as Lonnie Donegan and Johnny Duncan. Later, the recording of the Weavers at Carnegie Hall also had a profound effect on his approach to music and his political outlook. He was based in Edinburgh during the 60s and 70s in the contemporary company of musicians such as Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron who later formed the original Incredible String Band and was an early guitar colleague of Bert Jansch. Archie’s first self-titled album was recorded in 1968 with the now sadly departed pairing of fiddle and mandolin player John McKinnon and the renowned whistle and piccolo player John Doonan.
During the mid 1970’s he formed a long-term partnership with Dundee musician Allan Barty, which was later grafted on to the revived pairing of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy. As well as performing as a backing musician and arranger for the Makem and Clancy duo, he also produced a series of albums with them. Meanwhile, Archie got involved in record production with the dynamic Scottish band Silly Wizard. During the 1980’s he turned his attention to freelance radio work and originated several series of documentary programs with his local station Radio Tweed. He then returned to the recording studio during what he describes as one of his most creative songwriting periods. It was around this time that he began a partnership with Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers. They toured throughout North America together, and Garnet produced several of his albums including his highly acclaimed album Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into, which was released on Red House Records in 1996. Following the success of that release, Archie toured throughout North America, playing with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. His current Windward Away release on Red House has already achieved widespread acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
Archie will be supported by the young, and prodigiously talented local singer, Angus Gunn. Angus already has a sizeable following in and around Galashiels where he performs regularly at other local clubs such as String Jam and Moondogs. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office priced just £10. Under 12s are £5 and under 5s get in free. Tickets are likely to go quickly so if you would like to reserve in advance and can’t get to the post office then you can call 01835 822692.