Ray Cooper is an independent singer/ songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Sweden.

Born of a Scottish mother and an English father, Ray grew up in England and started to play in bands when he was just 16. Moving between rock, punk, pop and world music, and working as a singer, bass guitar player and cellist, he finally hooked up with Oysterband in 1988 and began a long exploration into his own roots. 
Moving to Sweden in 2000, he continued playing with Oysterband, eventually touring in 27 countries and recording 19 albums with them. In 2012 the band won three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Group, Best Album and Best Traditional Track and they were dubbed by fROOTS magazine as one of the three ‘Icons Of Folk’. Despite their success, Ray took the bold decision to leave the band and go solo in February 2013 and he has since been touring extensively across Europe.

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