Former Oysterband man Ray Cooper is touring the UK solo in November as well as in February 2019
A singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist he currently resides in the depths of Sweden where he has lived since 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 the year in which they picked up 3 BBC radio 2 folk awards and appeared live on Later with Jools Holland. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career.
Ray Cooper is a Scottish/English songwriter currently living in Sweden. When Cooper left art school in Brighton he decided to follow where music took him. He joined Oysterband, eventually recording 19 albums and touring in 27 countries. In 2013 he went solo and never looked back.
After setting up a recording studio in a small log cabin in Sweden he made his first album Tales Of Love War And Death By Hanging in 2010; it has a strongly historical theme. In 2014 he followed it up with Palace Of Tears which was about more recent, more personal history.
Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land released in May 2018, will surprise many of his listeners. It is a big sounding record with serious themes but is nevertheless simple, raw, joyous, and unashamedly romantic.
While Cooper continues to develop as a singer, here he plays all the instruments too, in a stripped down production inspired by producer Rick Rubin’s treatment of Johnny Cash’s late recordings.The familiar mandolin, cello, guitar and harmonica are all there but Cooper also makes his recording debut as a piano player.
“I am half Scottish and half English, I live in Sweden, I tour in Europe, I have no home town, I think of myself as a north European now”.
Artist’s website: www.raycooper.org
16th – South Hill Arts- South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire £12.50, 7.30 pm, 01344 484123
17th – St Mary’s Church, Silverless St, Marlborough, £15, 8 pm, 01672 512357
21st – Red Lion folk club, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham £12, 7.45 pm, 0121-472 4253
24th – Gregson Arts, 33-35 Moorgate, Lancaster £12/£8, 8 pm, 01524 849959
25th – Albion Brewery, 54 Kingswell Street, Northampton £12, 8 pm, 01664 946606
30th – Sports And Social Club, 43 Havant Road, Emsworth £12.50, 8 pm, 01243 376037
1st – De Koffie Pot, Bridget St, Hereford time / price- tbc- call – 01432 357753
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