Archive for February, 2015


copper songbook The Copper Family Songbook – A Living Tradition – contains the words and music of 65 songs from the Copper Family repertoire, augmented by Bob’s own illustrations, archive photographs and introduction to the background of the songs by Bob Copper. Strictly limited edition, wire-bound so that it lies flat. Matt laminated to make the cover beer-resistant! . A beautiful reprint of the original 1995 publication is now available for sale –  £15 plus postage.

Jon Dudley’s Introduction to the collection can be read here: Introduction

Copper Family Songbook : A Living Tradition
Paperback: 128 pages; 2015 edition
Publisher: Coppersongs

BOB COPPER ~ A Man Of No Consequence

a man of..This is Bob Copper’s final book, which had been completed and edited at the time of his death nine years ago. This volume fills in the many gaps left by his previous works. It provides a charming and detailed account of his life as a peacetime soldier in the Lifeguards between the wars, and his wartime service as Coroners Officer in Worthing during WW2. It also covers the early days of the English Folk Revival and subsequent involvement in the folk scene. His postwar career as a publican is related with some hilarious anecdotes.

Not only for Copper Family ‘completists’, this book provides a valuable social history of the life of a Southern English countryman from the 1930s to the present day. An insight into what made this remarkable self-taught hero of the English traditional music scene tick, this is a beautifully-written memoir. Highly recommended! You can purchase the book, for £15 plus postage.


A Man of No Consequence
Author: Bob Copper
Paperback: 246 pages; 1st edition (2013)
Publisher: Coppersongs

BOB COPPER ~ A Song For Every Season

a song for.. Reprint of Bob Copper’s award-winning A Song For Every Season. First published in 1971 A Song For Every Season – one hundred years in the life of a Sussex farming family – contains the words and music of forty-seven songs from the Copper Family repertoire with Bob’s stories of his family and of rural life in Sussex, month by month, with illustrations, photographs and reflections. It won the Robert Pitman literature prize in the year of its first publication.

“A Song for Every Season” has been out of print for some time, but has now been reprinted. A new Copper Songs paperback edition, with the original cover and contents, it is available for sale –  £15 plus p&p.

A Song For Every Season
Author: Bob Copper
Paperback: 288 pages; 2014 edition
Publisher: Coppersongs