Ray joined the award winning Oyster Band in 1988 and recorded 19 albums with them until he left in 2013 to tour as a solo performer. Born into an Anglo-Scottish family, Ray decided to move to Sweden in 2000. The love of winter, the Swedish fiddle tunes, and the blues of the north, he spends much time touring Scandinavia and Germany. Some of his songs have a Nordic influence.
Ray performs alone with guitar, cello, mandolin and harmonica — though not all at once. He is unusual in that he performs in house concerts as well as public concerts. He came to Plymtree a year or so ago to perform at one such house concert. On the basis of that hugely enjoyable event we have invited him to play to a bigger Plymtree audience at Plymtree Parish Hall (aka Café-Theatre).
He has two albums, the first of which is Tales of Love, War and death by hanging.
It is not just his songs that appeal so much, when performing live he explains the historical context of them.
In short, we are very fortunate to have Ray come and play for us.
Do check him out on You Tube — I recommend you look at the videos 'Destroying Angel' and 'Dark days are over'. www.raycooper.org