LEWISTON — New England Celtic Arts will present Archie Fisher, host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Traveling Folk” program, Tuesday, June 12, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The avid horseman and master guitarist/singer-songwriter will also take the stage Wednesday, June 13, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage; and Thursday, June 14, at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity.

Fisher, who has presented “Traveling Folk” for more than 25 years, was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame; and, in 2006, was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

Fisher was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers — Archie and his sisters, Ray and Cilla Fisher. His father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, inspired the lyrical quality of his songwriting.

Fisher first became interested in folk music through the Skiffle era of the late 1950s. During the TV folk boom of the 1960s-70s, he appeared regularly with his younger sister Ray in magazine programs and the BBC Hootenanny series. He was based in Edinburgh at the time in the contemporary company of musicians such as Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron; and was an early guitar colleague of Bert Jansch.

Curtain is 7 p.m. at the Franco Center and Skye Theatre; 7:30 p.m. in Unity. Pre-show jam sessions are slated one hour before show at Skye and Unity. Tickets are $15 at the door. The Franco Center is at 46 Cedar St.; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive in Carthage; and UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity. For reservations at the Franco Center or Skye Theatre, call 562-4445; at UCCPA, call 948-7469. 


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