Tag Archives: Ray Cooper

On Oysterband at the Algonquin Theatre


The Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville, Ontario, was the final stop on Oysterband’s 3-week autumn tour of central and western Canada.  It’s 13 hours away from home, trekking by car through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec, and finally, Ontario.  Michael Schneider, a long-time Oyster fan who made the journey from Santa Fe, New Mexico, asked:  Was …

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On June Tabor & Oysterband: Ragged Kingdom


Haunted. That would be the one word to describe the atmosphere of Ragged Kingdom, the long-awaited second CD collaboration by Oysterband and June Tabor.  From the cover photo, muted to near-sepia tones save for a few flashes of blood-red (one of which immediately draws the eye to June Tabor’s position high on the stairs), in …

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On Oysterband, Part 2: What Chopper Said


This is a busy time for Oysterband.  Even now they are putting the finishing touches on their newest recording, a collaboration with June Tabor–their first joint effort since Freedom and Rain in 1990.  As all the band’s loyal fans know, since this past winter when they were unable to come to a suitable agreement with …

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On Tales of Love, War & Death by Hanging


If you are a sucker for a good ballad, as I am, Tales of Love, War & Death by Hanging, the first solo effort by Ray Cooper, is a must-listen. In the collection of ten songs, most written by Cooper, the speakers range from an archer at the Battle of Agincourt (“The Gray Goose Wing”) …

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