Friday, August 17, 2007

Ray Fisher

"Traditional Songs Of Scotland" 1991

As one of the early members of the Scottish folk revival, Archie Fisher's sister Ray must be given her due... Still, that being said, this later album is a bit dry. Fisher's voice in middle-age is not quite as fluid or evocative as it was in the '60s, reducing her to a more Spartan, craggy presentation, similar to Gordeanna McCullough's or Jean Ritchie's approach to traditional material. Great song material, including "Wark O' The Weavers," which is a grand old song, and accompaniment by no less than John Kirkpatrick and Martin Carthy, but it still didn't really grab me. But a devoted fan of Scottish song may find this disc to be a cultural treasure trove.

Martin Carthy; Guitar
Ray Fisher; Guitar, Arranger, Vocals
John Kirkpatrick; Anglo Concertina, Button Accordion, Melodeon
Colin Ross; Fiddle, Scottish Small Pipes
Produced by Gef Lucena & David Wilkins

5 Comments:

Blogger GeoX said...

I already have this album, and I have to disagree with the review--this is an awesome piece of work, and Fisher's voice has only improved with age.

18 August, 2007 02:35  
Anonymous streaker said...

Lizardson,

Why are you so cool? How can you be so intensely COOL!

MAN! - your nick name should be Orpheus!

You spoil all your musical baby birdies screaming for more worms.

THANKS SO MUCH for this and all the great, great difficult to find music you are posting on your web site.

P.S. I notice you live in Japan. I love OZU and MIZOGUCHI... There are many of their films not available. Since you are obviously superhuman how about a blog with all the unavailable OZU and MIZOGUCHI films?

18 August, 2007 03:00  
Anonymous colmcam said...

I agree with geox, Ray Fisher has a wonderful voice, even at the later stages of her career. It's great that you've recently put up her albums 'The Bonny Birdy' and 'Willie's Lady' too, giving people a chance to hear her in her prime.

Thank you, and good luck with this high quality blog.

26 August, 2007 04:19  
Blogger The Irate Pirate said...

thanks again, lizardson. without this site my knowledge and enjoyment of british/scottish/irish/welsh folk would be severely lacking.

01 March, 2008 02:31  
Blogger bobbysu said...

thank you so much

26 May, 2009 16:15  

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