Archie Fisher (Scotland)
Archie Fisher is a legendary figure in the Scottish folk music world -- everybody's favorite singer and an enormously influential presence both musically and philosophically. Archie was born into a family of semi-professional musicians and learned to play the guitar at a young age, forming a skiffle group and then a vocal duo with sister Ray, releasing their debut album in 1963. In the tradition of the Coppers and the Watersons, Archie and Ray joined with their parents and sister Cilla and her husband Artie Tresize to form the Fisher Family. Playing both traditional material and Archie's own compositions, the Fisher Family were fixtures on the British folk circuit through the mid-'60s. Archie released his first solo albumin 1968 and began his decades-long association with the BBC. He inherited the radio series Traveling Folk in the 1980s, which he continues to produce and host. Fisher has performed at festivals and concerts around the world, and directed the much-respected Edinburgh Folk Festival from 1988 to 1992. He has produced albums for others, including several by the duo of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy and the phenomenal group Silly Wizard.