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Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September

29 Aug 10 - 05:42 PM (#2975416)
Subject: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

The Ballad Workshop Club, which meets in Laurie's Bar, is delighted to announce a special guest appearance of Ray Fisher -- expect a great ballad (or several), some smashing stories about learning her craft from Jeannie Robertson, some Northumbrian piping from her husband Colin Ross, and umpteen songs from the company....

We run from 1 - 3.30pm and pre-booking is advisable as space is limited. For further info on venue, prices etc. and to pre-book, just type in
                                                 http://www.lauriesacousticmusicbar.co.uk
and follow through for the clicky link to me.
Alternatively, PM me if you're a regular on Mudcat.

We've already got a lot of friends booked in, and we know we have the makings of a memorable day, but we'd love to welcome those whose interest in traditional music is perhaps more recent.


29 Aug 10 - 07:51 PM (#2975483)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Leadfingers

Great to see Ray is back working after her illness ! Shame Glasgow is SO far away !


30 Aug 10 - 01:32 AM (#2975660)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Wheatman

All the best, great news. Sorry I cannot make the event it's a long way from Whittlesey


30 Aug 10 - 02:49 AM (#2975676)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Little Robyn

It's an even longer way from New Zealand!
Wish I could be there.
Love to Ray and Colin.
Robyn


30 Aug 10 - 03:18 AM (#2975681)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

We know it's a long way for lots of Ray's many friends, but we figured out that that just knowing that she was getting back out there would compensate in a small way for the disappointment of not being able to attend!
And we'll let you know afterwards how it all went.
Meanwhile, any of Mudcat's more local followers should book their places soon, as we anticipate a very busy day.


30 Aug 10 - 08:06 AM (#2975786)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Diva

Looking forward to it.


30 Aug 10 - 08:39 AM (#2975802)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Brian Peters

Great news!


30 Aug 10 - 09:26 AM (#2975829)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Drumshanty

Am booked and looking forward to it very much.


30 Aug 10 - 10:34 AM (#2975870)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Herga Kitty

I'm so pleased to see this thread, even though I can't get to Laurie's Bar on 12 September!

Kitty


30 Aug 10 - 11:53 AM (#2975934)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

Don't know how au fait with technology Ray is, but rest assured that all your kind thoughts good wishes will be passed on.


30 Aug 10 - 01:41 PM (#2976018)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: DebC

Please give Cy my very best. Haven't seen him in a few years.

Debra Cowan


31 Aug 10 - 05:47 AM (#2976522)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: maeve

Thank you for this good news. Ray and Colin have been on my mind for months.

maeve


31 Aug 10 - 08:23 AM (#2976588)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Maryrrf

As you know, Anne, I'm a long way away, but nothing would make me happier than to attend one of the ballad workshops, and I am especially glad that Ray is being featured. I know there will be some grand singing!


31 Aug 10 - 08:25 AM (#2976592)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Vic Smith

Ray back in action! The news could not be better.


12 Sep 10 - 03:39 PM (#2985211)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

Well, today was the day and very special it was too!
We started with Adam McNaughton "interviewing" Ray about her musical background (some very operatic snatches of 'O Sole Mio') and influences, including the late Norman Buchan and, of course, Jeannie Robertson. We also had diversions into primary teacher- training in Glasgow and the extraordinary effect when siblings sing together -- starting in the same key semi-automatically, and falling into the same phrasing.
Then we had some lovely tunes from Colin on the Northumbrian pipes (and some very nostalgic singing along from those in the audience of a vintage to recognise an old Scots song like 'The Rowan Tree'). But lest anyone think we were in danger of becoming maudlin, three Fisher sisters (Joyce, Cindy and Cilla) took the stage to lead us through a couple of fine, rhythmic traditional songs. And Archie had also showed up to make his usual very tuneful contribution, including a song about old pals and past influences and a lovely version of 'Annie Laurie' (we were in Laurie's Bar!) which had the whole company singing along very quietly and sweetly.
And in the middle of this Fisher extravaganza, Ray took to the stage to give us all the background to her version of 'Willie's Lady' (Child no. 6) -- finding a Breton melody that she and Martin Carthy could fit to the only, tune-less text (just the kind of thing we have explored at past ballad workshops). Because she had previous doubts about her voice holding out for an 8 minute ballad, she had organised a CD player and the most special part of the afternoon for me was when she mimed along with her own singing, complete with appropriate and moving gestures.
The event continued with songs from the floor, with some mighty chorus singing, and when I left at almost 5 o'clock (after a 1 o'clock start) there was every indication of an ongoing sing-around.
Ray and Colin had left slightly before the end of the formal part of the afternoon in order to drive back home but, although she may have been a bit tired she seemed energised by being among family and friends. (Those of you who know Ray's performance style will understand what I mean when I say that her left leg was 'hitching' to the beat!)
A lovely, lovely afternoon from a lovely lady aiming to be - as we would say in Glasgow - back "on her totty"!


12 Sep 10 - 03:48 PM (#2985221)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: maeve

Thank you so very much for your delightful description, EKane. Ray's recovery and the thought of a Fisher Family jamboree are wonderful antidotes to current troubles.

Maeve


12 Sep 10 - 04:42 PM (#2985270)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Maryrrf

I'd love to have been there!


12 Sep 10 - 06:40 PM (#2985353)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Susanne (skw)

The afternoon was every bit as special as Anne makes it out to be, and I felt privileged to get the chance to attend, not being a singer nor part of the Glasgow/Scottish folk scene. It was good to see Ray seemingly quite happy to be back in front of an audience, and the love and admiration she was shown. Many thanks to everybody involved!


13 Sep 10 - 04:17 AM (#2985560)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Wolfhound person

So glad it went well for them. I knew Ray wasn't planning on singing (much) and I was concerned lest attendees expected more than she is currently able to give.

Paws


13 Sep 10 - 04:43 AM (#2985575)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

Brother-in-law Ronnie (one of the three co-administrators of the Ballad workshop) was looking out for Ray and the whole format of the day was discussed well in advance and intimated to those attending, so I don't think there was any disappointment.
There was just a feeling of privilege, sharing music in a "family" even larger than the Fisher clan!


13 Sep 10 - 05:56 AM (#2985594)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: maeve

"There was just a feeling of privilege, sharing music in a "family" even larger than the Fisher clan!"

Lovely way to describe it!

Thanks again,

Maeve


13 Sep 10 - 02:03 PM (#2985913)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Diva

Exactly as Anne said ...a very special afternoon.


14 Sep 10 - 10:35 AM (#2986577)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: GUEST,moira(flyingcat)

How?????? did I miss this thread?????? Had i seen It I'd have been up there like a shot!! Sounds like it was a wonderful afternoon and i'd love to have been there. When's the next excursion down this way Ray? Best Love to you and Colin. Moira & Malc xx


14 Sep 10 - 09:13 PM (#2986925)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: ollaimh

i'm way off in canada, so i won't make it.

thirty years ago a friend gave me a ray ficher album, with his nose in the air with distaste he said "she's an aquired taste"

i put it on and absolutely loved it. the strongest voice in folk for decades!! i lost that album in a house fire now i'll have to look on line and see if she's on cd now.

is ahe archie's sister? if so wow whata family


15 Sep 10 - 06:13 AM (#2987068)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: GUEST,MC Fat (at work)

This sounds to have been a magic and special day. I've been a fan of all the Fishers for years. If I hadn't have been at Bromyard I would have been there. You lucky people to have witnessed such an event


15 Sep 10 - 12:30 PM (#2987313)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Anne Neilson

And the feedback from family is that Ray has been energised by all the love and support on the day -- so, result!


16 Sep 10 - 01:14 PM (#2988073)
Subject: RE: Ray Fisher - Glasgow, 12th September
From: Diva

Absolutely! A real result. It was glorious