Gawain Erland Cooper
|Gawain Erland Cooper|
|Birth name||Gawain Erland Cooper|
|Also known as||Erland Cooper|
|Genres||Alternative, folk, folk-rock, shoegaze, psychadelic rock|
|Associated acts||Erland & the Carnival, The Magnetic North, Hannah Peel|
Gawain Erland Cooper is a Scottish folk guitarist and singer. He is the front man of cult band Erland and the Carnival and The Magnetic North, with whom he has released a number of well-received albums and singles. The Erland and the Carnival album Nightingale charted at #21 on the UK Indie Chart.
Cooper is well known for his contemporary arrangements of traditional Scottish and English folk songs, resulting in a "wild pastiche of digital trickery and oral tradition that channels the spirit of '70s progressive rock while staying true to pop-song brevity."
Gawain Erland Cooper was born and raised on the Scottish island Orkney. He was raised with his siblings on the small island by his parents, describing it as a remote and creative place to grow up. He left at age 18 to travel, seeing locations like London, New York, and Edinburgh. Cooper spent years studying Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, sourcing old British songs from the Vaughan Williams Museum near where he grew up, and developing his writing skills.
Erland and the Carnival
In 2008 he co-founded the band Erland and the Carnival in London with multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong (formerly of The Verve, Blur and The Good, the Bad & the Queen) and drummer/engineer David Nock (The Orb, The Cult, The Fireman, David Gilmour, Paul McCartney).
The Magnetic North
In 2011 he co-founded the British shoegaze band The Magnetic North with Simon Tong and singer, composer and orchestral arranger Hannah Peel. Formed in London, they released their debut album, Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North on May 6, 2012.
Erland Cooper is best known for his contemporary arrangements of traditional Scottish and English folk songs, including most notably "Love Is a Killing Thing", "East and West" and "The Derby Ram" collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
His writing credits are currently linked in partnership with Simon Tong and David Nock. There are no solo records released to date.
With Erland & the Carnival
- Studio albums
- 2009: Was You Ever See EP
- 2010: Erland & the Carnival
- 2010: Trouble in Mind EP
- 2011: Nightingale - #21 on UK Indie Chart
With Magnetic North
- Studio albums
- 2012: Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North
- "Erland & The Carnival Interview". Under the Radar. Feb 21, 2011.
- "Erland & The Carnival: Question in the Form of an Answer". Passion of the Weiss. March 31, 2011.
- "Erland & the Carnival: TAS Interview". The Alternate Side. March 31, 2011.
- Valish, Frank (Feb 21, 2011). "Erland & The Carnival - Psychedelic Folk Dreams". [[Under the Radar (magazine)|]]. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- Monger, James Christopher. "Nightingale - Erland & the Carnival". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Tyler, Kieron (6 March 2012). "Interview & Video Exclusive: The Magnetic North". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- Malone, Ailbhe (5 April 2012). "Indie bands get into the island life". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
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