This book, long out of print, has now been reprinted, and is now available in paperback on Amazon for £15 plus p&p.
A 5-track EP of Bob singing his beloved blues.
The link can be found here.
The Copper Family have drawn up a family tree covering the years 1784 to 2012. It is a PDF file, 2MB in size, and can be accessed here.
The Copper Family have published Bob Copper's last book, which you can buy via this web site - see full details on the Home Page.
In the past four years we have had several additions to the family, as follows:
Twins Peggy and Fergus were born to Andy (Jill's middle son) and Julie
in November 2008
That makes a total of nine in the most recent generation of Coppers!
On 20th August 1950, Jim and Bob Copper sang outside the Eight Bells at Jevington, for their first BBC broadcast. On 21st August 2010, the Copper Family sang there again, to mark the sixtieth anniversary. See the photos and memorabilia!
This was held on Thursday 27th March at Cecil Sharp House. Read the family's report of the occasion!
You can download the official poster (PDF file, 841KB) here.
The latest Copper Family CD, Coppers at Christmas, is now available for purchase, on-line only. This CD is the first time that The Copper Family's collection of carols has been gathered together. These recordings were made by the whole family and include the singing of the late Bob Copper. Notes to the carols are by Vic Gammon. Buy it now on the Ordering page of this web site!
In a bold experiment, The Copper Family launched their new Christmas album on 21st December 2007 by hosting an American-style house concert. With some 70 people in attendance enjoying great music from the likes of Will Duke, Dan Quinn, Matt Quinn, Bob Lewis, Peter Collins, Vic and Christine Smith, Mike Nicholson, Laura Hockenhull, the Coppers themselves and others (forgive me if you sang), it was a highly successful evening.
A total of £100 was raised for Save the Children... thank you!
Latest additions: Jill's son Sean and his partner Caroline were presented with their second child, a daughter named Grace Catherine, born 20th August 2006. John's daughter Lucy and her partner Nigel welcomed daughter number two, Daisy Bea, into the world on 16th October 2006. Both are thriving. With four girls and one boy so far as Bob's great-grandchildren, there has been considerable speculation as to the nature of the Copper Sound in future! Very interesting we think.
Coppersongs Documentary repeated on BBC4
The documentary, first shown on 15th October 2004, was repeated as part of the "Folk Britannia" season on BBC4, in the small hours of Sunday 5th February 2006 (12.15am-1.15am).
The new record formed part of a project entitled "The Imagined Village" and is produced by Simon Emmerson, best known in the World Music field for his work as a DJ and with the Afro Celt Sound System, Baaba Maal etc. Luminaries appearing on the album will be, amongst others, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, PJ Harvey and Eliza Carthy. The project also included a major tour in late 2007, in which the Young Coppers participated.
The archive includes Bob's original notes and manuscripts for all his published (and unpublished) work, correspondence going back to the 1950s, notes and BBC documentation relating to his collecting period during the mid-fifties, and some of his father Jim's original notes and writings. This will be a treasure trove of information, much of it previously unseen.
The University makes its archive available to members of the general public, but we believe that an appointment needs to be made with the relevant University department prior to any research being undertaken.
For the section reporting on Bob's memorial service on 17th April 2004, click here.
28th October 3013 - Addition of the Copper Family Tree
13th July 2013 - Publication of A Man of No Consequence by Bob Copper
21st February 2012 - Obituary for Ron Copper, by Vic Smith
This page last updated on 5 December, 2014