Known to most people as Chopper, Ray Cooper has been a longstanding
member of the award winning group Oysterband. - Long awaited, and
here it is: Ray Cooper's solo album debut. Tales of Love War and
Death by Hanging shows Ray's voice off to full effect as well as
his song writing and multi-instrumental skills.
Although most of the songs are self penned, there is a generous
sprinkling of traditional material from Scotland and Sweden. The
heart of the album lies somewhere between the old world and the
new, at times giving a pithy relevance to events that happened in
the distant past.
Ray Cooper produced and recorded this album in a small log cabin
in Sweden, accompanying himself on cello, harmonium, guitar, mandolin,
mandola, harmonica and kantele. A friend, the fiddle player Patrik
Andersson (won Norwegian Folk Awards for 'best dance album 2008')
helped out with string arrangements, contributing violin, viola
and hardanger fiddle. The sound is simple but at times evokes a
much bigger scale. Ray cites influences such as; T-Bone Burnett,
Enio Morricone, Johnny Cash and June Tabor to name but a few.
The recordings then came to the Brighton UK for some additional
overdubs and mixing with executive producer Al Scott.
Patrik Andersson - violins, viola, hardanger fiddle
Dil Davies - tom tom drum
Olle Linder - pandeiro/tambourine
Rowan Godel - backing vocal