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Archie Fisher was born in Glasgow in 1939, the only son in a family of seven. An internationally-known singer-songwriter he has enjoyed a parallel career as a broadcaster presenting concerts, interviews, live studio sessions, review panels, features, and the latest folk music recordings to his listeners on his BBC Radio Scotland program Traveling Folk.

One of the most influential folk artists of his time, Archie has been called everything from a folk father figure to both the James Dean and Frank Sinatra of folk music. His father John, was the source of a mixed bag of music ranging from opera through music hall (vaudeville) and traditional songs. His mother Marion, is a native Gaelic speaker from Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides and has a strong subliminal influence on the lyrical quality of his work.

He 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 had a profound effect on his approach to music and his political outlook.

During the TV folk boom of the 1960s and 70s he appeared regularly with his younger sister Ray in magazine programs and the BBC Hootenanny series. He was based in Edinburgh at the time in the contemporary company of musicians such as Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron who formed the original Incredible String Band and was an early guitar colleague of Bert Jansch.

His first album was recorded in 1968 with the fiddle and mandolin of John McKinnon and whistle player John Doonan. During the mid 70s 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 his heroes, while at home he also got involved in record production with the dynamic Scottish band Silly Wizard. During the 1980s he turned his attention to freelance radio production and originated several series of documentary programs with his local Borders station Radio Tweed.

His return to the recording studio in the mid-1980s was due to what he describes as his most creative songwriting period, which coincided with a series of North American tours in partnership with Garnet Rogers. Garnet produced the albums on his own Snowgoose label the last of which, Sunsets I've Galloped Into, was later leased and reissued by Red House Records.

Archie continues to anchor the flagship Radio Scotland Folk and Celtic Music show Traveling Folk.


Traditional and New Songs From Scotland, with Fisher Family (1965)

Archie Fisher (1968)

The Fate o' Charlie, with Barbara Dickson (1969)

Thro' The Recent Years, with Barbara Dickson (1970)

Orfeo (1970)

Will Ye Gang, Love? (1976)

The Man with a Rhyme (1976)

Off the Map, with Garnet Rogers (1986)

Sunsets I've Galloped Into (1995)

Windward Away (2008)

The Work, with Frightened Rabbit (2011)

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