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Folk artist Fisher lands honour
Archie Fisher
Archie Fisher was made an MBE for his services to traditional music
A Borders-based folk artist and radio broadcaster has been made an MBE for services to traditional Scottish music.

Archie Fisher, from Galashiels, 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."

Hall of Fame

Born in Partick in Glasgow in 1939, he recorded his first album in 1968 with the fiddle and mandolin of John McKinnon and whistle player John Doonan.

During the mid 1970s he formed a long-term partnership with Dundee musician Allan Barty.

His live act included All Around My Hat, which later became a hit for Steeleye Span.

During the 1980s he turned his attention to freelance radio production and originated several series of documentary programmes with his local Borders station BBC Radio Tweed.

He has also been inducted to the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame.


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