About Ray

In 2000 I moved to Sweden, 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 me there. There is a melancholy to the music, it’s the blues of the north. I call it home.

When I was at Art School in Brighton I decided to follow where music took me. I moved to London and for years I didn’t eat much. Then I joined Oysterband, eventually recording 19 albums and touring in 27 countries. In 2013 I decided to go solo and have never looked back.

Ray Cooper, singer & songwriter, with Cello

I set up a recording studio in a small log cabin and recorded my first first album Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging in 2010, it has a strongly historical theme. It was followed in 2014 by Palace Of Tears which is about more recent, more personal history. The latest album ‘Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land’ came out in 2018.

I am an acoustic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, the guy that sings with a cello, as well as mandolin, guitar and piano.

I am half Scottish and half English, I have no home town, I think of myself as a north European now. A romantic. I look back on history with the hope to learn something about the present, to catch the repeating patterns. I get my ideas from memories, dreams, history books, biographies, online news outlets, conversations I remember or imagine, I have no method. Trad tunes weave their way in and out because they are just so strong and are as much a part of my cultural roots as rock ‘n roll.



2018  CD and Gold Vinyl LP ‘Between The Golden Age And The Promised Land
2015  Songbook:  ‘Ray Cooper Songs
2014  CD ‘Palace Of Tears
2010  CD ‘Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging



Press Pack 2018 (Dropbox-Link)

Promo 1-Pager November 2017 (pdf, 263 kb)
Promo 1-Pager November 2017 print quality (pdf, 3.1 mb)

Poster (pdf, 1.2 mb)

Short biography (english, pdf, 20 kb)
Long biography (english, pdf, 40 kb)
German biography (deutsch, pdf 34 kb)
Biog Svenska (svenska, pdf 34 kb)
Biographie francais (francais, 89 kb)

Ray Cooper and the Swedish Kitchen Orchestra Info (english/svenska, pdf 31 kb)


Photo galleries

Current photos

Find high-res photos in the Press Pack 2018.

Photos by Kerstin Maier

Outdoor photos

photos by Kerstin Maier

Live show in the Buechner Buehner Theater in Riedstadt

photos by Jochen Melchior


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