The Music of Scotland: Celebrating the life of Ray Fisher

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 10 September, 2011

Today’s programme features traditional and modern Scottish music, in English, Scots and Gaelic, and celebrates the life of one of the key figures in the British folk revival of the 1950s and 60s, Ray Fisher, who passed away last week at the age of 70.

Born into a musical Glasgow family of seven children in 1940, she specialised in powerful and moving renditions of the traditional ballads, and today we’ll hear her, and other members of the family, doing exactly that, with music from the albums Traditional Songs of Scotland and Far Over the Forth. In addition, we’ll hear some of her contributions to A L Lloyd’s 1963 collection of industrial folk songs, Iron Muse.

We’ll also hear a collection of Scottish music of various kinds, continuing on from the collection of tartan tunes that Edward Pearse played yesterday.

Ray Fisher is survived by her husband, Newcastle fiddler and piper Colin Ross and their children, Fiona, Andrew and Duncan.
• Ray Fisher, folk singer, born 26 November 1940; died 31 August 2011


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