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Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017

04 Mar 17 - 06:42 AM (#3842782)
Subject: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Hrothgar

Just heard that Danny has gone.

Wonderful singer, great folklorist, superb to listen to, and wonderful to work with.

My heart goes out to Gail.


04 Mar 17 - 07:22 AM (#3842786)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Andrez

Sad news indeed. Not good when any o de auld crew leaves us fer greener pastures.

RIP Dan

Andrez


04 Mar 17 - 08:20 AM (#3842792)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: ranger1

I met Danny at one of the shanty sessions at The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH a few years back. I didn't know who he was, and asked Jeri who the older guy sitting across from us was. I'd heard of him, of course, so was a little awestruck at first. We chatted for a bit, and I asked him if he'd sing "Hey Rain" and he obliged.


04 Mar 17 - 08:54 AM (#3842798)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Sandra in Sydney

email I received - Danny "died quietly just before midnight" last night. Despite treatment for brain cancer, for some time, he gave 3 performances at Cobargo Folk festival last weekend. His partner, Gael Shannon, did a great job in getting him there - and, with Margaret Walters, keeping him on track with some of the songs.

I've been looking thru the pics of Danny I have. We'll be posting some pics om the Loaded Dog Folk Club facebook page as Danny appeared @ The Dog yearly from at least 2010.

He was a great singer & a good bloke.

Cobargo facebook page - pic of Danny

Danny's facebook page


04 Mar 17 - 09:20 AM (#3842808)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Jeri

OMG
I sang with him once, and listened to him a lot more than that. Lovely man, solid, strong voice.


04 Mar 17 - 09:28 AM (#3842810)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Tattie Bogle

So sorry to hear this. Just a few days ago someone told me he was ill. Remembering a great night he did in "The Wee Folk Club" in Edinburgh a few years back. Must look out the CD I bought then.


04 Mar 17 - 09:46 AM (#3842812)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: RTim

Very sorry to hear the sad news - another good man gone. RIP Danny.

Tim Radford


04 Mar 17 - 12:23 PM (#3842829)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Bat Goddess

Was fortunate enough to sing with him (and just sit and talk) several times at the Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Filk Festival, Tom Hall's (Curmudgeon's) Press Room sessions and on board one of the ship's brought to Portsmouth by the Piscatqua Maritime Commission.

No one can take the memories away -- he was a delightful person to be around and sing with.

Linn


04 Mar 17 - 04:29 PM (#3842866)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Kathy Westra & George Stephens

We learned this news today, and are deeply saddened. Even though we knew it was coming, his death came far, far too soon for those of us who loved Danny. We will remember him always as an unselfish sharer of kowledge and song, a dear friend, and a joyful man who lived life to the fullest. Condolences to Gael and all his friends in Oz and around the world. K & G


04 Mar 17 - 05:09 PM (#3842868)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: rich-joy


04 Mar 17 - 05:17 PM (#3842870)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: rich-joy

Well, Danny, You are in Good Company, that's for sure.

And You are One of the Best. You will be well-remembered and well-missed. Thanks for all the Music. Cheers, mate.

VALE Danny.

Rich-Joy
Down Under


04 Mar 17 - 07:19 PM (#3842888)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Little Robyn

Very sorry to hear this.
He did a concert in Wellington (NZ) back in 1973 and when he heard there was a Geordie piper there he invited me to join him for a couple of his songs. Leo Ready and Denny Mackay were also part of his show and it was really special.
Bye Danny, RIP.
Robyn


04 Mar 17 - 07:44 PM (#3842893)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: JennieG

Goodbye, Danny......you will be much missed. Condolences to family and friends.


04 Mar 17 - 08:13 PM (#3842899)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Carly

Truly heartbreaking news. May his memory be a blessing to all of us who knew this generous, joyful, fascinating man
. My sincere condolences to Gael and the family.


04 Mar 17 - 08:41 PM (#3842901)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: JeffB

He will be sorely missed. His CDs were superbly performed and contain much interesting and unusual material - "Launch out on the Deep" in particular is still one of my most favourite recordings. I had only one conversation with him, many years ago at Chippenham FF. I can't remember what we said, but we talked as if we were old friends.

Sincere condolences to his many friends and family.


04 Mar 17 - 08:42 PM (#3842902)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Bill D


At my house, August 2005

And my 'claim to fame' is that at another gathering... the time he brought Gael with him, I dared to sing "Banks of the Reedy Lagoon".... and afterwards, Gael said it was her favorite song, but that Danny hated to sing it, so I had saved him from having her beg...

He will be missed.... but OH how well remembered....


04 Mar 17 - 08:44 PM (#3842903)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST

Too sad for words.

Deepest condolences to Gael and family.

janet and Peter Hughes.
Cairns.


04 Mar 17 - 09:24 PM (#3842906)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Stewie

He will be sorely missed. He was the best. He performed in a themed concert that Phil Beck and I presented at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival a few weeks ago. He was very ill but sang well and also presented a workshop on the Copper Family. I heard that he subsequently performed at other festivals - doing what he loved until the end. Condolences to Gael and family.

--Stewie.


04 Mar 17 - 09:38 PM (#3842908)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Chris Ingham

I first met Danny in the early 70s when he was an Expert in Residence at The Geelong College and I was a fledgling Head of English. Danny so impressed all of us, staff, students and even the administration that he was appointed to the staff working in conjunction with Deakin University in Geelong. Later, when I moved to Morongo Girls' College Gael became a colleague. I shall miss Danny. He was a great friend, valuable colleague and highly talented musician. I will never forget the Danny Spooner Supergroup concerts at the old Bush Inn in Geelong.

Goodbye old friend and love to Gael who was your rock.

Chris Ingham


05 Mar 17 - 01:17 AM (#3842937)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: SqueezeMe

A great performer, both on recordings and in concert, and always a pleasant greeting and an encouraging word.
Danny will be sadly missed, but a great pleasure to have known and heard him over many years.
RIP


05 Mar 17 - 01:21 AM (#3842939)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Gerry

I always looked forward to seeing him at The Dog, The National, and other venues. R. I. P.


05 Mar 17 - 05:52 AM (#3842963)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Barb'ry

So sad to hear his. I loved Danny's singing and story telling. My daughters were in their early teens when he first came to our house and were not easily impressed... Danny, however, held them spellbound with his stories. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends.


05 Mar 17 - 06:37 AM (#3842968)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Bat Goddess

Sorry -- Portsmouth Maritime FOLK Festival.

Sigh; remember to proofread before hitting "Submit".

Linn


05 Mar 17 - 09:28 AM (#3842988)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Bruce from Bathurst

Danny was a fine person, well loved and hugely respected. He shared his vast knowledge of the music he loved willingly and without pretense. I enjoyed his company and his good humour.

A new CD of Danny's final recordings is expected to be ready for release at the (Australian) National Folk Festival at Easter. Would that he could be there for the launch.

Vale.

Bruce


05 Mar 17 - 10:51 AM (#3842998)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Elmore

Glad I got to see him perform a few times. He was impressive. Sorry to hear of his passing.


05 Mar 17 - 05:40 PM (#3843049)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Brian Peters

Dear, dear, another fine singer and man gone - I've only just added a tribute on here for Ian Woods, who was in some ways a similar singer and character to Danny. I always enjoyed Danny's singing and company, most recently in Canberra last year - and his concertina playing was far better than he ever owned up to. One of those people whose experience makes them quite irreplaceable. So sad to hear this.


05 Mar 17 - 06:19 PM (#3843051)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Margie

First met Danny at Ian Ball's little cottage in Brlgrave in 1975 or 76. I was about 16. Impressionable and deeply impressed.
I then had the privilege of being taught about early poetry, bardic traditions and the ballad by him at Melb Uni in 1977. Oxford Book of Ballads was instantly my prized possession. These experiences shaped the way I developed as a teacher of poetry. Whilst working on a dramatisation of Rime of The Ancient Mariner I used Sanny's sea shanties to teach my students the songs and to capture the hardship, camaraderie and longing of those who sailed the seas. Danny was a man of prodigious talent. The world is poorer without him but we are a richer for having met him.


05 Mar 17 - 07:00 PM (#3843053)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST

I travelled to London from Melb with Danny and Gordon McIntyre in 1974 and spent a few days with his Mum and family during which time I went to a couple of folk clubs where they performed and I joined them making music at home. An unforgettable and inspiring few days for an impressionable 20 year old.


06 Mar 17 - 12:25 AM (#3843083)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,feralfolky Tim

Filled with sadness. A great loss that Danny Spooner has passed on. Have listened to his singing since late 1970s. Tim


06 Mar 17 - 01:17 AM (#3843085)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Hamish

Very sad to hear of his passing. I met him several times over the last few years, always charming and very interesting. Not just a fine singer but a wonderful folklorist and social historian, We have lost a national treasure.


06 Mar 17 - 03:15 AM (#3843091)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Sandra in Sydney

Definitely a National Treasure -
2016 National Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Danny Spooner's passion is the expression of British and Australian culture through folk music. Born into a working-class family in the East End of London Danny arrived in Australia in 1962. Influenced by the likes of Declan Affley, Martyn Wyndham-Read and Margret RoadKnight, Danny developed his craft and soon understood the importance of the social context of folk song. He has performed in folk clubs all over Australia, New Zealand and in Britain on his visits home. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Australia, at which he has given a vast range of workshops on aspects of folk songs of Britain and Australia, many that were recorded by ABC national radio. His passion is getting people singing and he has inspired and encouraged many to develop their singing craft. Nothing gives him more pleasure at a festival than getting a good singing session going. Described as "a living national treasure", Danny Spooner can make traditional music seem new, and make new songs seem old.

The proposer forgot to add his appearances in USA.


06 Mar 17 - 05:44 AM (#3843108)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Mike Foster

I was at Georgetown festival Jan 2017, what a privilege it was to see his performances, but how sad to know that they would be his last.
Stewie has said it all.
R.I.P Danny, a great Englishman with a pretty firm Australian connection.


06 Mar 17 - 05:50 AM (#3843109)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Michael Tasmania

Danny was a regular visitor to our festivals in Tas for years. I ran several themed sessions and Danny was always a first choice, always helpful, always willing and great to be with His passion was to share songs and to share his knowledge of where they came from and how they were created and to get everyone to sing. He was here in January and as always closed the festival with 'Rolling Home" with us all singing with him as he did every year.
Thanks Danny for all the wonderful times and wonderful memories


06 Mar 17 - 06:06 AM (#3843113)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST

So, so sad. But what an extraordinarily brave man to perform so well, right to the end.

Love to you Danny wherever you are and love to wonderful Gael.

Jill Teschendorff


06 Mar 17 - 08:24 AM (#3843142)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: John Minear

Ah, Danny. I only met you once for a little while we spent together in the hills of West Virginia, but it seems like I've known you forever. You had my deepest respect then and that will carry on. You brought us fine music.


06 Mar 17 - 08:34 AM (#3843146)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Dave Sutherland

There were some fond memories of Danny shared at Tigerfolk, Long Eaton last night where he was our guest on two occasions and each time he gave a great night. Entertaining and informative in a most friendly and relaxed fashion. As a club we are sorry to hear of his passing; RIP Danny.


06 Mar 17 - 06:49 PM (#3843303)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Brendan and Deanna

Have seen you over the last 30 years or so and was great to have been there at Newstead this year, a treasure who will be missed condolences to Gael.


06 Mar 17 - 09:44 PM (#3843326)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,GUEST, Garry Gillard

discography:

http://garrygillard.net/music/DannySpooner/


07 Mar 17 - 01:58 AM (#3843345)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Sandra in Sydney

http://garrygillard.net/music/DannySpooner/

Danny's friends will be releasing his final CD, Now I'm Home at a concert at the National Folk Festival in Easter.


07 Mar 17 - 08:24 AM (#3843426)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: Charley Noble

Sandra-

Looking forward to the new CD, and thanks to all Danny's friends who helped make this last CD possible.

I'd like to think that Danny's now hanging out with his old mentor Bob Roberts, upon the celestial seas on their old sailing barge. If you listen closely you can hear his concertina and a raspy voice raising a well-remembered song:

Traditional as sung by Bob Roberts, 1970s
Saydisc, CD SDL-405 Sea Songs & Shanties
Adapted by Charlie Ipcar, 2000

Waiting for the Day

G------------------------------C
Now the worst old brig that ever did weigh,
G-----------------------------D
Sailed out of Harwich on a windy day;

Chorus:

D----------G
And we're waiting for the day,
C
Waiting for the day,
--------G
We're waiting for the day
----------D7------G
When we get our pay!

She was built in Roman times.
Held together with bits of twine...

The skipper's half drunk and the mate is too,
And the crew is fourteen kegs too few...

As we shoved off from the Surrey Dock
The skipper caught his knackers in the main sheet block...

By Orford Ness she sprang a leak,
Hear her poor old timbers creak...

We pumped our way 'round Lowestoft Ness,
The wind backed round to the west-sou'-west...

Through the Cockles to Cromer Cliff,
She's steering like a wagon with a wheel adrift...

Into the Humber and up to town,
"Pump, you bastards, pump or drown!"...

Her coal was shot by a Keadby crew,
But her bottom was rotten and it all fell through...

So after all our fears and alarms,
We're safe ashore in "The Druid's Arms."

So, we're waiting for the day,
Waiting for the day,
We're waiting for the day
When we get our pay! (2X)

Fair winds, Danny, and thanks so much for your kindness and warm hospitality to Judy and myself when we were adrift in the hills of Victoria.

Charlie Ipcar


20 Mar 17 - 12:35 PM (#3845841)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST,Michael Riordan ...Texas, USA

May I echo my friend Chris Ingham in offering sincere condolences to Gael and profound gratitude to Danny for his contagious love of social history and the music of all genres. It was my joy to sing old sea shanties with him and to accompany him on drums as he crooned Cole Porter songs. His spirit soared and no doubt is soaring still... Farewell old friend...


20 Mar 17 - 11:44 PM (#3845912)
Subject: RE: Obit: Danny Spooner 03 March 2017
From: GUEST

A sad loss to the folk world and a nice man to boot.

We heard the news of his death at the Nannup Folk Festival, and the Fo'c's'le Firkins dedicated our Sunday set to his memory.

RIP Danny


Bugsy