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Ray Cooper is an acoustic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he accompanies his songs with a cello, mandolin, guitar and piano, each song comes with a story, and Ray has a lot of stories.
Ray Cooper started to play in bands when he was 16. After Art College in Brighton, he joined punk band Amazorblades, moved to London and began to work with other groups and genres. By the time he joined the 3 Mustaphas 3 in 1982, he was already an experienced session musician and had worked with a number of producers: Steve Lillywhite, Martin Rushent, Phil Chevron, Joe Jackson, Pete Bellotte, Aki Dean, and Edwin Starr. He had been moving between rock, punk, pop and world music, and working as a singer, bass guitar player and cellist, before he finally hooked up with Oysterband and began a long exploration into his own roots.
After moving to Sweden in the year 2000, Cooper continued playing with Oysterband, eventually touring in 27 countries and recording 19 albums. In 2012 they won 3 awards from BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards for best group, best album and best traditional track , appeared on the Later with Jools Holland show and were dubbed by FROOTS magazine as one of the 3 ‘Icons of Folk’. Despite their success, Cooper took the decision to leave the band and go solo in 2013. He has since carved out a successful solo career, recording four solo albums and has toured extensively in Britain, Northern Europe and Canada.
Stories are at the centre of Ray's work and his fourth album Land of Heroes released in April 2021 follows the question who today’s heroes are. He finds them in all walks of life – from journalists to whistleblowers, from hospital nurses, to a prince and a close friend who died. The album was written and recorded within five months during the summer of 2020 in a small wooden cabin close to the forest in Sweden after all Ray's touring was cancelled due to the pandemic. The album uses a haunting soundscape of acoustic instruments all played by himself. The only additions were some backing vocals from British singer-songwriter Rowan Godel done over the internet. The title Land of Heroes is taken from the Finnish Kalevala epic’s subtitle and there is a curious Finnish thread running through the album; the kantele, a kind of Finnish harp, is present in the background of many tracks, and the instrumental “Ilmarinen’s Ride” is named after one of the brave but rather unlucky heroes of the Kalevala.
This performance will take place in the bar/annexe of Haslemere Hall and is limited to 30 seats only due to social distancing measures sti;ll in place as at March 2021. This number could increase depending on the latest government updates nearer towards the performance. This concert is totally acoustic with no PA or microphones. The doors and bar open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm with no support.
Seating is unreserved and will be placed loosely (meaning that they can be moved on the night to sit in bubbles or singles depending on the rules at that time)
Haslemere Hall is a registered charitable trust
Surrey GU27 2AS
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