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Archie Fisher

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Archie Fisher (born 1939) is a Scottish folk singer and a member of the The Fisher Family, a group of respected traditional and contemporary folk-singers. His sisters Ray Fisher (born 26 November 1940; died 31 August 2011) was also a singer, as is younger sister Cilla Fisher.

Archie Fisher was born in Glasgow on 23 October 1939. In 1960 he moved to Edinburgh and appeared regularly at a folk club called “The Howff” run by Roy Guest. In 1962 Ray & Archie Fisher released a single on the Topic label, “Far Over the Forth”. They appeared on the BBC programme ‘Hootenanny’. In 1965 the whole family released an album “Traditional and New Songs from Scotland” under the name The Fisher Family.

Bert Jansch visited The Howff in 1960 and received guitar lessons from another regular performer, Len Partridge. Archie met Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron, later to become The Incredible String Band.

By 1964 the Edinburgh Fringe could boast a folk festival in its own right. An album of the participants was released on Decca. It was called “Edinburgh Folk Festival vol 2” and contained tracks by Ray Fisher, Archie Fisher, Anne Briggs, and the Ian Campbell Folk Group (including Dave Swarbrick). Jansch and Briggs performed together but this was never recorded. At an early stage Archie recognised the power of Barbara Dickson’s singing and in 1969 invited her to guest on his albums. His live act included ‘All Around My Hat’, later to become a hit for Steeleye Span.

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