Post by Dick Glasgow on Jun 12, 2007 20:53:07 GMT 1
Legendary Players - 1 Jimmy Cooper, Scotland
I'd like to build up a collection of information here, on some of the great Dulcimer players, both past & in another section, the present.
Please feel free to chip in with info on any players mentioned here, or by all means introduce new ones.
So to get us started here are a few notes on the legendary Scottish Hammered Dulcimer player, Jimmy Cooper.
Wikipedia has this to say about Jimmy:
Jimmy Cooper was a hammered dulcimer player from Scotland. Jimmy was born in 1907 in Coatbridge, Scotland, near Glasgow. He started to play the dulcimer around age twelve, and gained a lot of experience by playing in dance halls and busking in the early 1920s. Over the course of his life he worked at various jobs, including driving buses, driving an ambulance for a children's home, and running a dance band. His repertoire included traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, pop tunes, show tunes, and more. He was "discovered" as part of the folk revival in the early 1970s, and helped inspire players of the younger generation such as John McCutcheon and Malcolm Dalglish. McCutcheon described Cooper as "the most complete dulcimer player" he had met. Cooper died in 1977.