guitarist, Archie Fisher is one of Scotland’s
foremost folksinger/ songwriters. He is known
throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio
Scotland’s award-winning 'Travelling Folk'
programme, which he presented for over 25 years.
Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk
music, in 2007 he was inducted into the Scots
Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded
an MBE for services to traditional music. The most
recent recognition of his art came in 2008 when he was
granted the Tradition Bearers Award from the Goderich
Celtic Roots Festival in Canada.
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, music hall, traditional ballads) had a
strong impact 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.
Heraud & Pat Turner
and in combination with a variety of well-known
singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have
both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of
sang in a duo with Sue Ashby; performed with John
Lambert and Frank Lee as Tom, Dick and Harriet; and
has made a CD, 'Stars in My Crown' with Keith
Kendrick. She was, for many years, the organiser
and MC for the Hoddesdon Folk Club.
toured for six years with the folk band Filigree,
making an album and also releasing a single! She was
co-founder and MC of the City Folk Club in London.
they later joined Pete Cunningham (ex-English Tapestry
and Heritage) to form Brandis, making several radio
appearances. They finally settled into a permanent duo
and made their first CD, 'Parallel', in 2003, and have
since made three more on the Wildgoose label.
them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina
and a variety of whistles (including swanee,
policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in
their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to
dressing up or dancing when a song requires it.
They both agree, however, that their voices are their
most important instruments. Their resulting style is a
unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a
humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster
ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious
smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
addition to appearing at folk clubs and
festivals, Lynne and Pat also organise and perform
themed shows and workshops, music hall evenings
(awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show
called 'A Birds' Eye View', which presents songs
particularly from a woman's perspective (but which men
are invited to attend as well — and learn from!)
Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been
known to cause side-splitting injuries. They both,
however, include emergency first aid amongst their
Swan & Jonny Dyer
& Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material
with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase
new interpretations of old songs alongside original
self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are
entirely at home in the tradition.
this combination they have developed a sound that is
both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in
letting the music tradition live and breathe through
sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the
melody to sing without any constraints.
entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the
cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication
devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t
come from Scotland.
for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe
tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and
dressing up (not always at the same time) all
presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles
and skillful musicianship.
Admission £2 for everyone.
your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your
favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing