Red Lion Folk Club

Wednesday Apr 19th

Ray Cooper

Many of you will remember Ray as Chopper in the Oysterband but in 2013 he decided to go solo and has never looked back. He moved to Sweden in 2000 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. It is home.’

Ray has produced three fabulous albums to date—the awe-inspiring and moving Tales of Love War & Death by Hanging in 2010, Palace of Tears  in 2014, Between the Golden Age & The Promised Land released in April 2018 and Land of Heroes in 2021. No longer confined to the mandolin, cello, guitar and harmonica he now makes his debut as a piano player on his latest album.

This is folk but it’s never quite folk. Nevertheless the album is more English sounding too, with the inclusion of several trad tunes and songs woven into the album as the listener is taken on a journey from the English countryside, to Flanders, Venice, Beirut, and even to the moon in his song 'Ocean Of Storms'.  You will not forget this evening!

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