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ARCHIE Fisher is a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  

 He’s regarded by many as Scotland’s foremost troubadour, and is known throughout the country as the host of Radio Scotland’s award-winning Travelling Folk show, which he has been presenting for over 25 years.

 He has been recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music and inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE.

 For my money, Archie is one of the finest exponents of traditional Scots song and a wonderful songwriter himself.

 The quality is such that many of his songs have passed into the tradition.

 He’s also one of the smoothest and most laid-back performers you’re ever likely to hear.

 Brilliant! Archie is making a foray this side of the border this weekend, and you can see him on Saturday at the Davy Lamp in the Arts Centre, Washington.

 Paul Pearson, from Sheffield, specialises in covering obscure songwriters in his own style.

 He is known for his passionate performances and he’ll be filling the guest spot at the Rugby Club in Guisborough on Sunday.

 Singers’ nights this week kick off on Monday at The Dun Cow, Bournmoor and The Sun Inn, Stockton; Tuesday at the Sports Club, Newton Aycliffe, The Britannia, Darlington, The Hind, Cramlington and The South Causey Inn, Stanley; Wednesday at the Catholic Club, Birtley and next Thursday, at The Tap and Spile, Durham, the Wellington, Wolviston, the Black Bull in Blaydon, Darlington Arts Centre and the Duke William in Skelton.