Album: Young Coppers, Passing Out (Copper Songs)

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The Copper family's reputation goes back to the 18th century. It was accorded to them for their husbanding of local folk song.

Grandfather Bob is the best known Copper of living memory. This lot are his grandchildren and, like him, they have the flux of ancient Sussex song in their veins like ale. There are six of them and they make a solid, blocky, unremitting sound. This is the folk tradition as an activity to join with. You will not swoon at the plangency of their harmonic suspensions, nor at their enthusiasm for the world as it is constituted today. You will, however, hear some very old songs done grainily.

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