In 2000 Ray Cooper moved to Sweden, to a small red wooden house close to the forest and the wild beasts. The love of winter, the Swedish fiddle tunes and the love of a woman took him there. There is a melancholy to the music, it’s the blues of the north. He calls it home.
When he was at Art School in Brighton he decided to follow where music took him. He moved to London and for years didn’t eat much. Then he joined Oysterband, eventually recording 19 albums and touring in 27 countries. In 2013 he decided to go solo and has never looked back.
He set up a recording studio in a small log cabin and recorded his first album Tales Of Love War And Death By Hanging in 2010; it has a strongly historical theme. It was followed in 2014 by Palace Of Tears which was about more recent, more personal history.
He’s an acoustic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, the guy that sings with a cello, as well as mandolin, guitar and piano. On this tour Ray will be playing songs from both albums as well as some new unrecorded material.
“I am half Scottish and half English, I have no home town, I think of myself as a north European now. Trad tunes weave their way in and out because they are just so strong and are as much a part of my cultural roots as rock ‘n roll.”
‘The Wexford Carol’ live and cold:
Love & Vengeance Tour – Remaining dates:
February 13th South Hill Park Arts Recital Room Bracknell
April 29th-30th Big Session Festival Buxton
May 5th Folk On The Pier Festival Cromer
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Artist’s website: www.raycooper.org