RAY COOPER: Ray Cooper, a former member of Oysterband, left the group 2013 and has just released his fourth solo album ‘Land of Heroes’. Ray is a story-based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performing with cello, guitar, piano, mandolin and harmonica.
Stories are at the centre of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ray Cooper’s work and Land of Heroes follows the question who today’s heroes are.
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: “I had to cancel all my touring in March 2020 but this gave me a perfect opportunity to concentrate on writing and recording”
There is a northern feel to the whole album; the darkness of the forest is never far away, which might just have something to do with Cooper’s life: “I am half-Scottish, half-English, I now live in Sweden, I have no home town. I look back on history with the hope to learn something about the present; to catch the repeating patterns.”
‘Ray is one of those songsmiths who possesses the ability to really get inside the characters..– his insights are penetrating’ ..’– majestic, full bodied, confidently widescreen in nature’. fROOTS
‘Musically ‘Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land’ is a majestic, tour-de force of an album, destined, surely, to become one of the releases of the year’ Fatea