Danny Spooner

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Danny Spooner (16 December 1936 – 6 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 since.[1][2] He died on 3 March 2017.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Danny Spooner was the Port Fairy Folk Festival artist of the year in 1995.[2]

Discography[edit]

LPs[edit]

  • 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)

CDs[edit]

  • 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)

Folk Trax[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/liveset/sea-shanties-with-danny-spooner/3061752, 14 October 2011, accessed 6 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b The Port Fairy Folk Festival turns 40, abc.net.au, 11 March 2016, accessed 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ Danny Spooner, Obituary, 6 March 2017, The Age, Melbourne, Australia. Accessed 27 March 2017.

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