January, 2021

1984 Conversation With Bob & John Copper.

This feature first appeared in issue 20 of The Southern Rag (the original title of fRoots) in April 1984 FAMILY BUSINESS Issue 20 of "Southern Rag" (April - June 1984) A quick potted history. The Copper family have worked in and around Rottingdean, Sussex, for centuries. In 1897, Mrs Kate Lee collected the songs from James “Brasser” Copper and his younger brother Tom that would inspire the formation of the English Folk Song Society. In 1936,Brasser’s son Jim wrote the words of the family songs into a book. In 1950, Jim heard one of their songs sung on the radio. Persuaded by his [read more]