Ray & Archie Fisher were siblings born in Glasgow into a musical family of seven children. Ray and Archie initially played skiffle but then took up traditional American songs. In the late 1950s, Norman Buchan, a teacher and folklorist who later became a Labour MP, started the Ballads Club in Glasgow, attracting many young singers and musicians who were eager to learn more about traditional songs, among them Ray and Archie.
In the early 60's the duo was very popular on the folk circuit, appearing regularly on television. In 1961 Ray & Archie made their first record, Far Over The Forth (1962), notable for the ballads "The Twa Corbies" and "Kilbogie". Appearing in Newcastle one night, Ray met the fiddle player and Northumbrian piper Colin Ross, of the Northumbrian group the High Level Ranters, and they married in 1962, Ray moved across the border to live in Tyneside, effectively ending her partnership with Archie.