The Music of Scotland: Celebrating the life of Ray Fisher

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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