CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in Scotland

The second generation - Jimmy Cooper


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Although there was a time when he hardly played in public at all apart from occasional appearances in Bournemouth hotels, since the release of his LP he has been in demand at a great variety of events, ranging from folk festivals - including London's Albert Hall - to local barn dances, where he and I have played together with clarinet, accordion, dulcimer, fiddle and guitar. The list of titles from the LP give a representative idea of his repertoire - on the next page.

[2002: the LP is no longer available, but - together with extra material - is now being reissued as a CD: Forest Tracks]

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He always seems happy to play with whatever other instruments are available, though he does have a preference for his son Peter on the organ; we suggested that Peter play on the recording, but he was apparently unavailable. Jimmy particularly wanted an electric bass guitar and drummer on the session, but the budget did not extend to such luxuries.