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The Man with a Rhyme
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Archie Fisher exemplifies all that is good about the folksong revival. His deep respect for the older musical traditions of his native Scotland enables him to approach them creatively; his understanding of those traditions... more »
Archie Fisher exemplifies all that is good about the folksong revival. His deep respect for the older musical traditions of his native Scotland enables him to approach them creatively; his understanding of those traditions is such that he has been able to compose a new ballad (The Witch of the West-mer-lands) that could easily assume a place among the classic ballads compiled by Francis James Child during the latter part of the last century.A superbly inventive guitarist, Archie's accompaniments are always appropriate to the song: never distorting it, never overwhelming it. Whether it be a rich underscoring of the original air or an exquisite counter-melody reflecting and complementing it, there is a satisfying sense of rightness in all of Archie's arrangements.His singing can be warm and tender - gentle, without sacrificing the strength that has sustained the tradition for so many centuries. Archie is a sophisticated person, yet he is able to approach the sentimental without self-consciousness. One is always reluctant to use the rather indefinable term charisma, but there is a quality about this (then) young man that invites such a description. Perhaps it is a combination of the kind of sensitivity that creates in him an unusual empathy, lending depth to his artistry, and a rare measure of native Celtic charm. Whatever it is, it is certain that you will sense it, too, as you listen to this, his first American recording.In 2008 Archie Fisher was made an MBE for his services to traditional Scottish music. He has been described as one of the most influential artists of his time. As well as a series of folk albums he has presented BBC Radio Scotland's awarding-winning Travelling Folk programme for 25 years.Mr Fisher said he was delighted to get the same honour as previously given to other famous Scots musicians."I looked at some other fellows who had an MBE, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham and I thought I'd love to be a part of that outfit," he said. "So I'm on equal terms when it comes to honours. I've been doing this for a long time so it has been more of an endurance than choosing a highlight."
A Must-Have for Celtic Fans
T. Burke | PA USA | 08/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two albums released in the 70s really established Archie Fisher as an outstanding singer-songwriter as well as an unusually talented interpreter of traditional song. This is the better of the two: better songs, better accompaniment and better production. Although he has put out some fine material later in life, you owe yourself the treat of hearing this performer in his prime -- warm vocals, beautiful guitar work, and so steeped in the tradition that you'll be hard pressed to distinguish the Fisher originals from the traditional ballads."
Another gem from Archie Fisher
Ila Willerton | 09/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Another fine addition to my folk music collection. If you haven't heard Archie yet, you are missing out on one of the best voices in folk music..."
Great Scottish folk songs!
Ila Willerton | Canada | 02/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD didn't disappoint. Lots of traditional tunes performed well (if simply) and a few newer, but still excellent, ones as well. Like Fisher's other work, the tunes will stick with you and grow on you the more you listen!"