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Ray Fisher unwell (Dec 2009)-died 31 Aug 2011

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DARK EYED MOLLY
DREG SONG
ETTRICK
FINAL TRAWL
I CAME TO A WESTERN ISLAND
LINDSAY
MEN of WORTH
THE FAIRFIELD CRANE
THE WITCH OF THE WEST-MER-LANDS


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: maeve
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 05:51 AM

Thank you, Paws.

Ray and Colin- You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

naeve


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Andymac
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 05:17 AM

Ach,

From the earlier news, I was assuming that she was well on the road to recovery. Still..this is just a wee setback. Come on Ray, we're all pulling for you...I'm goign to Whitby for the first time this year and after all the stories above, I hope to see you there.

Andy


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 04:00 AM

I saw Colin last night and he tells me that her feed line insertion has an infection, and I'm not sure whether they can use it. She is beginning to sleep a lot, and is in a great deal of pain.

He is distraught, but is a very private person and is difficult to help effectively, though a few of us are doing our best.

I hope to see Ray again on Weds pm.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Pat Ryan
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 05:17 PM

Hope you're feeling better very soon.
Great to see you at Whitby this year.
Hope you are soon up & about & loooooking for a boooooking.
Lots of love
Pat xx


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Folkiedave
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 03:07 PM

I hadn't realised they had done it twice. The little bunnies.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wheatman
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 02:34 PM

I remember the bunnies rapper but at the Guild Hall Newcastle for a Northumbrian Pipers do. I was with Sallport then, I think.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Diva
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 10:49 AM

Very many happy memories of Ray at Newcastleton Festival over a number of years doing the official bits in the judging and then in the late night singarounds upstairs in the Unionist.....with the very out of tune piano..ready girls......ah one ahhh two..ahh three...all sing



Oh the games people play........


and know I know about the tango!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 09:18 AM

Hi Ray,
Only just saw the thread saying your've been unwell again "silly wumman! Ye need tae eat fur god's sake!" Glad to hear you're back on the mend and givin' in laldy. Lots of love Moira and Malc xx


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 07:27 PM

Hi Ray Maureen will bring her big glass to Whitby again full of the usual. Get better soon and we hope to see you there

Love Joe Maureen Nicholson.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Folkiedave
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 05:35 AM

The first time I saw anyone really take the mickey out of folk was at Cleethorpes Festival - one of the very first on the pier.

The highlight of the ceilidh was a woman's rapper team dressed as bunny girls in the full works, fishnets, push-ups and little white fluffy tails.

Ray was the Tommy in fill black evening coat, bow tie,stilettos and so on.

And Kate Atkinson did a tumble.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 05:29 AM

I have known and loved Ray since she was a jazz singer in a vamp dress in Glasgow 1957 or so, and her big brother made her sing in his new group, telling Norman Buchan he couildn't get a girl singer so he got one of his sisters.
Ray, keep working on it, we need you.
Ewan


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 08:34 PM

I never was lucky enough to hear Ray live, but enjoy the recordings I've got. Get well soon, Ray, and start singing again!


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 08:09 PM

On the subject of Ray at the National.... I heard that one year, when I uncharacteristically decided to have an early night, I missed Ray dancing the tango with John K with a rose between her teeth.... or did I just dream that someone told me that...?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Folkiedave
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 04:31 PM

Thanks Paws. Keep the stuff coming.

Like Kevin, I have memories of her at the National. At this year's Whitby I saw her twice. On one occasion she sang a spine chilling ballad at the ballad session. It was wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 01:56 PM

Ray's birthday was at the end of November and unfortunately she spent it in hospital, but she was deluged in cards & flowers, I believe.

However, I spoke to Colin at lunchtime today and he says that Ray is on a full dose of supplementary feeding (they do it at nights). Their younger son, and daughter & families are around this weekend: if everything is OK on Monday she might come home then or Tuesday, but it'll be a long haul back for her to any sort of normal.

I'll keep supplying updates for as long as folk are interested. Please continue to keep her in your thoughts. It's been tough on Colin as well as he's not in the best of health himself.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Helen Howard
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 01:26 PM

It is a long time now since I last saw you Ray,(we moved to Ireland,) it was at Whitby we sat and chatted about being a bit 'older ladies' with flashy cars,such a laugh! We put it down to being fellow Sagittarians! You are in my prayers, get well soon, also you must be near your birthday too, so Happy Birthday wishes when it comes.
Much Love, Helen


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Subject: RE: Happy! - Nov 27 (Ray Fisher)
From: GUEST,Howard Glasser
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 11:25 AM

Still trying to catch up ? --

I know you didn't finish your last year yet --

Our Eisteddfod this year was smashing -- aye -- even without you --

Enoch Kent, Norman Kennedy, Geordie McIntire and Alison McMorland --

Held up your end - kept it going -- did very well --

Someone sent this link along today -- I don't get to this sort of thing myself --

So I hope you see it -- bringing to mind "those good old days that's awa" --

Some in Assonet still ask about you -- "you got it!" --

Have you seen Tim Neat's new book on Hamish -- a nice bit of work --

"Howard, your birth In January, on a Tuesday,
in Brooklyn, NY makes you one of the rare few
able to receive the ancient powers of the Runes.
Magic is already written in your DNA.
The circumstances of your birth suggest that you
are quite probably a direct descendant of a Rune Shaman"...
    So wrote Bethea today --

Ray -- I will do what I can -- Howard


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wheatman
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 11:01 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 04:21 AM

I knew Ray was at Whitby this year but, as is the way with festivals, our paths didn't cross there.

Sending my thoughts and best wishes.

I have great memories of Ray's visits to London over the years, and particularly some memorable late sessions at the National.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Derby Ram
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 03:56 AM

Please, please get well soon Ray.

Lots of love Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: lisa null
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 11:43 PM

Hi Ray:

Many good wishes for your comfort and recovery from this side of the pond. You are certainly in my thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 11:25 PM

Wanted to let you know that your music is being played today in our home half way across the world in California and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

David and Dona Evpak


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wheatman
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 07:29 PM

Gan Canny Bonny Lass. We are rooting for you in the flat lands. How we remember Ray staying with us when we lived in Stevenage in the 70's and helped to run the club there and how I remember driving her to the singers club in London. Wonderful times. She is one of the finest singer around with oh so much empathy for the music, she just delivers what it needs.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 07:06 PM

Ray, get well, we need you and love you. Bob and Amba Coltman


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Northerner
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 02:24 PM

She was an inspiration to me when I was a young singer and gave me encouragement. I was lucky enough to see her in Whitby this summer and she was as splendid as ever. I wish her well.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: maeve
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 12:48 PM

Paws- Thank you very much. I'll send out a card asap. I'm thinking calls to the hospital will NOT be a good idea as it usually becomes a burden for staff and a disturbance for patients.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 12:26 PM

Maeve (and anybody else)

Ray is in:

Ward 9
N. Tyneside General Hospital
Rake Lane
NORTH SHIELDS
NE29 8NH

where she's known as Mrs Ray Ross.

She was only in hospital on Barra for 5 days: Colin brought her home as soon as she was stabilised, but she was admitted to N. Tyneside the next morning.
I've printed out all the messages up till this morning and passed them on. I'll continue to do so with any new ones.

I hope to see her again in a couple of days or so: at present family are staying and I don't want to intrude on their time with her.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Diva
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 08:03 AM

Ray is a treasure and always supportive of singers. Our paths have crossed many times over the years and its always a joy. Hope you are soon on the mend


Kathy Hobkirk


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: maeve
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 07:44 AM

Derek and Sheila- thank you both very much for the update. Do, please, let Ray know she is loved and respected by so many here. What can we do: Send cards? Music? Funny papers?

Thanks to Colin as well, for making things happen for Ray's well-being. We are grateful.

maeve, in Maine


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 07:36 AM

I alerted Ray and Colin's friend Sheila Miller to Ray being in hospital and she's spoken to Colin. Sheila has asked me to post this message here:

"I phoned Colin last night to find out. It turns out that she wasn't eating, because eating was causing her pain. As a result, she was suffering from malnutrition. It came to a head while they were at her cottage on Barra. Colin got the doctor round (he had to sneak out while she wasn't looking, because she kept telling him not to go for the doctor), and he sent her to hospital. They found out that, as well as the malnutrition, she had pneumonia, and she was there for a couple of weeks, but is now in the North Tyneside Hospital. They tried feeding her through a tube in her nose, but some reason that didn't work (it has worked for her in the past), so they've now put some kind of implant in her abdomen, and have been feeding her through that. She's now quite a bit better, and is the life and soul of the ward, Colin says."
Sheila


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Pat & Frank Scaglione
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:50 PM

So sorry to hear that Ray is unwell again. We have fond memories of billeting Ray & Colin at our home in Haumoana, when she toured New Zealand with the Northumbrian Pipers in 2001.
Please pass on our love and good wishes.
Pat & Frank Scaglione
Huamoana,Hawke's Bay
New Zealand


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Cookieless KathWestra
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:14 PM

Ray,
Thinking of you and sending you all best wishes for a speedy recovery, freedom from pain, and the continued good health of your wonderful sense of humour. Haven't seen you since you and Jo Freya stayed at my house in Silver Spring too many years ago and watched squirrels and cardinals on the deck. We sure laughed a lot in between the songs!
Be well,
Kathy Westra


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: karen k
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 08:16 PM

Ray, Thinking of you and wishing you well. Fond memories of your singing and songs and fun driving you around Connecticut. Best wishes.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: RiGGy
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 06:19 PM

Thank you, Ray for your kindness to me and my fiddlin' partner, John Specker when we landed in Tyneside back in the early 70s. I've had a great appreciation for your music ever since. Feel good, real soon !! Riggy


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,Ken Campbell, Scotland
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 04:36 PM

Ray rightly remains hugely important to Scottish Traditional Music and a great lady as well.

She taught me and many others a lot about singing traditional songs and did me the huge honour of writing the sleeve endorsement on my first solo album. Highly regarded in the USA and further afield as well.

Please convey best wishes to her and Colin for a full and speedy recovery from me and everyone on the Scottish scene.

Ken Campbell


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Richard Hardaker
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 04:23 PM

Happy memories of Ray running ceilidhs & judging competitions at Newcastleton festival over the years. I value her encouragement & example for developing myself as a ballad performer.

Best wishes, Richard Hardaker


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Paul Davenport
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 03:04 PM

Much love and best wishes to Ray from us both
Paul & Liz


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 03:00 PM

She certainly has my good thoughts. Ray is a marvelous musician.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 02:42 PM

Every best wish from me. Glorious memories of Ray singing and dancing (including at Sidmouth, practising morris in the shelter on the Ham) and relating the embarrassing incident of how she broke her hosts' loo when she guested at Herga....

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Surreysinger
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 02:20 PM

Best wishes from me (and from my sister too, who has always been a great fan of Ray's ). It was a joy to see her back in action in the ballad session at Whitby Folk Week this year.
Irene Shettle


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From: Anglo
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 02:15 PM

Do wish her the best from me too. We had some great times together over the years, particularly one week, a good many years ago, where we co-hosted a session at Pinewoods camp.
John Roberts


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 02:13 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from me. Never met Ray or seen her sing, but The Bonny Birdy is one of the all time most wonderful folk albums ever made.

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 01:59 PM

Thanks for all the messages so far, I'll get them to Ray as soon as I can.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: kendall
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 01:35 PM

That Guest was me, I didn't know I had lost my cookie.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 01:30 PM

Hi Julia,
Please give Ray our love (and Colin too).
Mitch and Robyn in NZ


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST,EKanne
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 12:08 PM

So sorry to hear that Ray has had a setback, but she's a fighter, so here's hoping for her improvement soon.
One of my early and treasured memories of her was in the Berkeley Hall in Glasgow around 1960 when she, Archie and the fiddler Bobby Campbell were part of the support for Cisco Houston at a concert put on by Janey and the late Norman Buchan. Cisco did a wonderful set of hard-hitting songs (including Guthrie material that we all sang with him) and brought back Ray etc. for a finale. She just stood at his elbow and gazed up at him in wonderment! (Not that any of the rest of us would have done any different.)
All my best wishes to Ray and family.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: maeve
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 12:03 PM

Guest- Remember the story about Ray and Cilla's cooperative gear shifting? One to work the shifter and one to work the pedal and steer the car.

"Shift and spin..."

I'll never forget Ray in a lineup of amazing women at the Edinburgh International Folk Festival years ago, performing "I AM Woman: W-O-M-A-N.

And Ray- I still owe you and Cilla a visit to a wild Maine pub with "nightlife".

maeve


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:26 AM

I first saw Ray,Cilla and Archie at the Chocolate Church in Brunswick Maine. What a performance! And the story Ray told about getting into a traffic snarl in Boston? or NY and the Irish cop mistook them for Irish, and they went right along with him and got out of the jam! Wonderful! Be well and please come to Maine again.


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: Anne Lister
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:17 AM

Please pass on my very best and warmest wishes to Ray. I haven't seen her for far too long and I'm very sorry to hear that she's unwell.

with love

Anne


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Subject: RE: Ray Fisher unwell: good thoughts, please
From: maeve
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 11:08 AM

Ray was especially kind to me when she, Cilla, and Archie were touring the US several years ago. I especially enjoyed our conversations at The Folkway Coffeehouse and the Iron Horse. I'll send her a note.

Ray- You are one of the reasons I sing in a strong voice. Thank you.

maeve in Maine


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