Festival-goers go wild for unlikely pals Archie and Scott

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Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison told Friday night’s Stowed Out crowd they were the first he’d seen dance to their music.

With the band having opened for Noel Gallagher in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, only a couple of hours before Scott scooted down to Stow for a solo acoustic set, it was clear which gig he enjoyed most.

Archie Fisher and Scott Hutchison together backstage at Stowed Out. Photo: Andy Booth

In fact, the festival-goers were in such ebullient mood, he had to dig deep into his repertoire to find upbeat numbers.

He said: “It makes a nice difference from the crowd shouting ‘Frightened Rabbit, get tae ****’.”

And Scott later tweeted: “Thanks to everyone at @Stowedoutfest tonight. The dancing shoes were on. You made this weary chap very happy.”

It was an eclectic mix for the opening night of the festival, with talented local songstress Carrie Mac belting out some of her own songs, Scots folk music legend Archie Fisher beautifully crooning some well-known traditional tunes, such as My Borderland by Rodger Quinn, and Scott turning up with no set list but able to tackle any Frightened Rabbit favourite the crowd called for, such as Swim Until You Can’t See Land and The Woodpile, and he strummed out dance tunes once the floor was taken to with no small measure of exuberance.

The latter pair were perhaps an unlikely collaboration in 2011 – coming together in the strangest of circumstances to write The Work.

Archie said: “The boys were rehearsing in a house in Fountainhall, where I live, and I was delegated to be their meet-and-greet person, showing them how to use the Aga – and also to advise them that their nearest neighbour was a detective sergeant from the Edinburgh drug squad.”

Scott quickly added: “Not that we needed that advice. We were very sensible lads.

“I didn’t know it was Archie, even though my mum and dad, and myself, are fans of Archie’s music.”

But once the lads got talking to Archie, and he regaled them with some hilarious tales, they got working together on the song.

Archie said: “It was a bit like the Cat Stevens song Father and Son. I was the old guy on the road and he was the young lad starting out, and we could counterpoint each other’s attitude towards being on the road. Scott came up with the basic parts of it, and I did a little bit of tweaking here and there, but it was really Scott’s song, and his tune.”

Scott added: “It was very welcome tweaking.

“We actually recorded it along the road in Archie’s house, so it was written here and recorded here, so it is very much a genuinely Borders song.”