Folk legends line up Fraser Centre gigs

Archie Fisher folk competition
Archie Fisher folk competition

Two of the giants of the folk scene will take the stage at the Fraser Centre, Milngavie - Archie Fisher and Robin Williamson.

Archie Fisher is the first to appear, on Saturday, September 9, at 7.30pm.

The master guitarist and singer-songwriter is Scotland’s foremost troubadour and is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning Travelling Folk show, which he has been presenting for over 25 years.

During the TV folk boom of the 1960s and 70s he appeared regularly with his younger sister Ray in magazine programmes and also on the BBC Hootenanny series.

He was based in Edinburgh at the time in the company of musical contemporaries such as Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron (who together 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 fiddle and mandolin of John McKinnon and whistle player John Doonan.

Fisher got involved in record production with the dynamic Scottish band Silly Wizard and during the 1980s he turned his attention to freelance radio work and produced several series of documentary programs.

Around this time he also began a partnership with Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers, producing serveral albums including Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into,

Robin Williamson appears the next day - Sunday, September 9, also at 7.30pm.

He was a one half of the famous Incredible String Band and after its demise he formed the Far Cry Ceilidh Band with Stan Schnier and Mark Simos.

In 1976, Williamson met harpist Sylvia Woods, and with Chris Caswell and Jerry McMillian, formed Robin Williamson & His Merry Band.

Three albums resulted from this: the highly traditional Journey’s Edge in 1977, American Stonehenge in 1978, and A Glint at the Kindling in 1979.

He then went solo, performing traditional stories set to song.