Billy Cooper

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Billy Cooper (1883-1964) of Hingham in Norfolk was one of the most well known and influential English hammered dulcimer players.

Mustrad article #MT208 by Chris Holderness

Biog by Reg Hall and Chris Holderness at EATMT


  • English Country Music: Topic TSCD607. The greatly expanded CD reissue of the Record No1 LP (1965), which itself was reissued as Topic 12T296 (1976). On this CD version, Billy plays many tracks as part of a band with the Bulwers, Reg Hall, Russell Worley and Mervyn Plunkett, and four solo performances.
  • English Country Music ‎(LP, Album) Topic Records 12T296 1976
  • Boscastle Breakdown: Topic 12T240. Billy plays three solo performances, all of which are included on the CD Topic TSCD607.
  • I Thought I Was The Only One: Dulcimer Players From England: Veteran VTVS07/08. Double cassette. Billy has nine solo tracks and two with the Bulwers and Edna Wortley.
  • Heel And Toe: Veteran VTCD150CD. Three tracks with the Bulwers and Edna Wortley (two of which are also included on VTVS07/08) and one solo performance.
  • Rig-A-Jig-Jig. Dance Music Of The South Of England. Topic Records – TSCD659 The Voice Of The People. – Volume 9. CD 1998. The Irish Washerwoman / Garyowen/ Rory O'More / St Patrick's Day

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