Archie goes Indie with Rabbits

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A CHANCE meeting between Frightened Rabbit and Archie Fisher led to a new song which features on the Selkirk band’s latest EP.

The Work was co-written by folk legend Archie and Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison before the Rabbits departed for their tour of the USA in support of Death Cab For Cutie.

River City head shots''Photographs by Alan Peebles.

River City head shots''Photographs by Alan Peebles.

Archie, who lives in Fountainhall, said: “The band spent a month in a house near Stow which their record label took over so they could write their new album.

“I often ride horses along the road past the house and met the guys one day.

“Scott had an idea for a song which involved a conversation between an old musician and a young musician, so we sat down in the house and put together a chorus while Scott sang a harmony. We built it up in about three or four hours.”

The Work is included on a three-track EP which includes new Frightened Rabbit song Scottish Winds and another track with Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell.

Archie, who appeared last week as a guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, which he presented for 27 years, jokes he could now be heading in a new musical direction.

The 71-year-old added: “I have been telling all my friends that I have become an ‘Indie’ now. It just shows there is life in the old dog yet.

“Frightened Rabbit do have an acoustic sound and they gave me a CD of their latest album after we worked together, and I really enjoyed it.”

The band continue their United States tour tonight in Los Angeles before travelling to Las Vegas on Sunday. They finish up in the Minnesota state city of St Paul on Friday, August 26.

On the same night, Archie appears at St Boswells Village Hall, with support from Clovenfords’ Angus Gunn. Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets are priced at £10 from St Boswells Post Office.