Chopper drops in for gig at Northampton brewery


Former Oysterband bassist, now northern European- based singer- songwriter, Ray Cooper, will play at Phipps Brewery in Northampton next weekend.

Cooper, aka ‘Chopper’ to friends and fans, spent a quarter of a century as the bass-playing cellist with one of Britain’s best-loved folk rock groups, Oysterband.

After touring 27 countries, recording 19 albums and receiving many awards, he moved to Sweden and now plays and performs his own music. His first solo album, Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging, was released in 2010 and recorded in a small log cabin.

Its successor, Palace Of Tears, followed last year with a distinct Nordic flavour with the inclusion of Swedish fiddles and the Finnish kantele.

Ray Cooper plays the Kingswell Street venue on Friday, February 13.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £10 and are available from the brewery or via For more information, visit