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Danny Spooner (16 December 1936 – 3 March 2017) was an Australian 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 thereafter.
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
- "Sea Shanties with Danny Spooner - The Live Set - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- 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.