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Danny Spooner (16 December 1936 – 3 March 2017) was a traditional folk singer and social historian. Born in England, he left school at the age of 13 and worked as a salvage tug and trawler skipper before moving to Australia in 1962. He rapidly became involved in the Melbourne folk revival centred on Frank Traynor's folk club, and was a major figure in the Australian folk scene ever after. He died on 3 March 2017.
Awards and honours
- 1965: A wench and a whale and a pint of good ale, Discurio
- 1966: Soldiers and sailors, Discurio
- 1977: Canterbury Fair, Anthology AR 001
- 1978: Danny Spooner and friends, Anthology AR 002
- 1978: Limbo, Anthology AR 003
- 1978: Revived and relieved (with Gordon McIntyre), Larrikin LRF 016
- 1986: I got this one from..., Sandstock Music SSM 017
- 1987: When a man's in love, Sandstock Music, SSM 021
- 1988: We'll either bend or break 'er, Sandstock Music SSM 027
- 1989: All around down under, Sandstock Music SSM 036 (with Martyn Wyndham-Read)
- 2002: When a man’s in love (love songs from a man’s point of view)
- 2002: We’ll either bend or break ‘er (shanties)
- 2002: Launch out on the deep (sea songs)
- 2004: ‘ard Tack (traditional Australian songs of work)
- 2006: 'The Great Leviathan Traditional songs of whaling
- 2007: Years of Spooner (compilation of songs Danny has sung 1965-2007)
- 2007: Emerging Tradition (fairly) contemporary Australian songs
- 2008: Brave Bold Boys
- http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/liveset/sea-shanties-with-danny-spooner/3061752, 14 October 2011, accessed 6 April 2017.
- The Port Fairy Folk Festival turns 40, abc.net.au, 11 March 2016, accessed 6 April 2017.
- Danny Spooner, Obituary, 6 March 2017, The Age, Melbourne, Australia. Accessed 27 March 2017.