Windward Away

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Veteran Scottish folksinger Archie Fisher signed to American folk label Red House Records in the mid-'90s, but it took him until 2008 to complete and release Windward Away. The album is a collection of ballads in which Fisher plays gentle, circular fingerpicking patterns on his acoustic guitar, over which he sings in a soothing low tenor somewhat reminiscent of Roger Whitaker and Gordon Lightfoot. The themes concern rural and seagoing issues, but the music does not have an overtly Celtic feel. It is all of a piece, with one song after another sounding essentially similar, which some listeners will find calming, but others may find enervating. During the long run-up to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Veteran Scottish folksinger Archie Fisher signed to American folk label Red House Records in the mid-'90s, but it took him until 2008 to complete and release Windward Away. The album is a collection of ballads in which Fisher plays gentle, circular fingerpicking patterns on his acoustic guitar, over which he sings in a soothing low tenor somewhat reminiscent of Roger Whitaker and Gordon Lightfoot. The themes concern rural and seagoing issues, but the music does not have an overtly Celtic feel. It is all of a piece, with one song after another sounding essentially similar, which some listeners will find calming, but others may find enervating. During the long run-up to the album, Fisher was contacted by a studio where he had worked on an aborted album in the 1970s and received a set of master recordings from the sessions. He adds eight of them to the 11 new recordings for an appendix he calls "The Missing Master" (tracks 12-19). As well as sounding considerably younger on the tracks, he also provides more musical variety with folk-pop arrangements of traditional songs and some originals that turned up on later albums. It was a good idea to include this material with the formal Windward Away tracks, since it livens things up, at least a little.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651012429
  • Catalog Number: 124
  • Sales rank: 257,436

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Archie Fisher Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Mike Whellans Percussion
David Paton Fretless Bass Guitar
Lucy Cowan Fiddle, Keyboards, Viola
Allan Barty Fiddle, Mandolin
Francis Cowan Bass, Cello
Technical Credits
Archie Fisher Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Gordon Bok Composer
Roy Ashby Engineer
Traditional Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfection!

    This is an absolute hidden gem of perfection. Wonderfully sung, performed and produced with an outstanding collection of material by the master himself. I am always amazed at the music critics of today who rave about certain releases and ignore gems like this. This is a profound collection, and certain tracks like "Joy of my Heart" will bring you to near tears. Highly reccomended; put a fire in the fireplace, grab your favorite beverage, turn on this CD and prepare to be enthralled and captivated by the singing, the guitar playing and the atmosphere!

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