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Review by Edward Scott Pearlman

The resonant and gentle voice of Archie Fisher has a special place in my mind's ear. After 30 years, I can still remember his rendition of "The Flower of France and England," from an old cassette tape. His Scottish diction is crisp and easy to understand, his voice and guitar playing delivered with heart. Without fanfare or bravado, the steady ebb and flow of his voice on that song has remained with me all this time, much the way it has won the hearts of countless fans.

A professional singer for more than 50 years, Fisher grew up singing with his family, whether at home or keeping time to the windshield wipers in their 1939 Ford Prefect. His father sang in the City of Glasgow Police Choir and enjoyed a wide range of repertoire from vaudeville to light opera to traditional folk. His mother sang in Gaelic just about any time she worked or walked from one place to another, though Archie never recalls her actually sitting down and singing a whole Gaelic song from start to finish.

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