Ray Cooper, former member of Oysterband, left the group 2013 and has now released three solo albums plus a song book. Ray, story-based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire performs with cello guitar, mandolin and harmonica and Paul Johnson caught up with him recently for the Ray Cooper 2020 Interview on the first date of the current tour at St. Edith Folk Club at St. Edith’s Hall in Sevenoaks (run by everyone’s favourite, Keith Stockman).
It’s hard to believe it but Ray has now lived in Sweden for almost 20 years, honing his song-writing skills and building on his special love for winter, leaving a lasting glistening frosted watermark impression within many of his creations.
The songs range in subject, the title of his first album gives a clue: Tales Of Love War And Death By Hanging. The style straddles folk and rock and his latest release Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land sees a simpler and stripped down more acoustic production inspired by producer Rick Rubin’s treatment of Johnny Cash’s late recordings. It is a big sounding record with serious themes but is nevertheless simple, raw, joyous, and unashamedly romantic.
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We featured this stunning version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Seven Curses’ in the last Video Wall but its so good we had to include it again here. It’s also performed as part of Ray’s current live set as well!
RAY COOPER’S PROMISED LAND TOUR 2020 – Remaining Dates…
Wed 11th BSR Bradley Stoke Radio (Bristol)- Guest 1pm
Thu 12th Wild Hare Club at the Green Dragon,New Market Street, Hereford, 8pm £12 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 13th Stage 2, The Stables, Stockwell lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 8pm, £11 01908 280800 email@example.com
Saturday 14th Hop Barn, Hopyard Farm, Hockerwood lane, Southwell, 8pm, £16, 07880 973365
Sunday 15th Hermon Chapel, Chapel Street, Oswestry, 7pm, 01691 662196 Price- TBC
Wed 18th The Lamb Folk Club, Lamb Inn, 36 High Street, Eastbourne, 8pm, £8, 01323 728268 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 20th Milkmaid Folk Club, Risbygate Sports Club, Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, 8pm, £12 email@example.com,
Sat 21st St Mary’s Church, Alvediston, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5LY, 6.30 pm start 2 sets £15 in adv- 01722 780263 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 22nd Fleece Folk, The Fleece Inn, The Cross, Bretforton, Evesham, 7.30 pm, £12, 01386 831173
Artists’ website: https://www.raycooper.org/