Ray Cooper tour in Northern Germany, May/June 2023

  Click here for the tour blog site.

This was a two and a half week tour. We met in Copenhagen, I flew in and Ray drove down. The shows took us to Wendland and the old border between West and East Germany where differences still remain, to Flensburg in Schleswig-Holstein, the farthest north and close to the Danish border, to Lower Saxony, near the border with both North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and Holland, then up to the coast near Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and down east to south-east of Berlin and a church from 1450 in the state of Brandenburg. Germany is indeed a big country, the land area is half as big again as the UK.

Ray’s music is very well received here. Audiences numbers varied with many saying people are still not comfortable going to indoor venues. The exception being in the Klostergarten of Bad Doberan where the indoor show was part of their weekend festival and they had to bring extra chairs into the packed hall. The outdoor concerts were very well attended – both in the vineyard in Bad Bentheim where Ray premiered a new song and outside the church in Altlandsberg.

Ray Cooper Tour April 2023

The tour began at the Milkmaid Folk Club in Bury St Edmonds and then into London for a matinee at the Green Note cafe in Camden Town. It continued in Wales at the Lost Arc in Rhayader, then the Red Lion Folk Club in Kings Heath Birmingham and The Stables Milton Keynes. The final two dates were at St Ediths in Sevenoaks followed by The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield, just outside of Lowestoft.

The Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmonds
Performing at the Lost Arc in Rhayader
The Stage Door for the Red Lion Folk Club in Kings Heath, Birmingham
The Seagull Theatre lies inside an old school.
Sound check inside the theatre.
One of the props found in the dressing room

Ray Cooper ‘Land Of Heroes’ tour February 2022

I assisted Ray as tour manager, driver and roadie. We covered just over 1000 miles (when you add the final journey into London). We visited the Eastbourne Folk Club, the Kitchen Garden Cafe, The Milkmaid Folk Club in Bury St Edmonds, a house concert in Wellingborough, the Victoria Hall in Settle, a two night stay in Barnoldswick where we recorded an interview and four songs for Home Stage, Cubley Hall in Penistone, Farncombe, ending with a matinee at the Green Note Cafe in Camden Town, London.

tour map

You can view the Tuesday Folk Session on the Home Stage website by clicking here.

Two Moors, Two Seas

25th to 31st May 2014

John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers walking tour

See jj-rr.org for details

Gigs were:

Sunday 25th May North Devon Beer Festival, Barnstaple

Monday 26th May Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

Tuesday 27th May session in the Tally Ho Inn, Hatherleigh

Wednesday music set, session and ceilidh in the Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton

Thursday 28th May The Barrel House, Totnes

Friday 29th May The Watermark Theatre, Ivybridge

Saturday 30th May a special closing set and session outside the Swan Inn in Noss Mayo

Song of the Downs

26th May to 1st June 2013

John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers walking tour

See jj-rr.org for details

Gigs on this tour were:

Sunday 26th May Hailsham Pavilion

Monday 27th May session in the Trevor Arms in Glynde

Tuesday 28th May Hassocks Hotel, north of Brighton

Wednesday 29th May George & Dragon, Houghton

Thursday 30th May session in the village hall Elsted

Friday 31st May Kings Head, Wickham

Saturday 1st June Railway Pub, Winchester