Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Danny Spooner and Friends 1978 LP (British Folk)

LP Rip MP3 @192-224 VBR
Track List
1. The Tailor's Breeches
2. The Baron o' Brackley
3. Slieve Gallen Brae
4. The Rambling Beauty
5. Lovely on the Water
6. Jowl, Jowl & Listen ~ Rap 'er te Bank
7. The Gaberlunyie Man
8. Bridges
9. London's Ordinary
10.Coupshawholme Fair
11. MacPhearson's Rant

Danny Spooner originally hailed from the East End of London and started his working life as a mariner coming under the influence and guidance of the great folk singer and folklorist, Bob Roberts. He arrived in Australia in 1962 at the height of the folk revival here and became very popular as a singer of British folksongs. He is still very active in Australian folk and will be appearing at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter. (It looks like it will be a great year)
This is a great LP and Paul from Brisbane has done a excellent rip of it - many thanks again Paul.
Danny sings and plays some guitar backing. Danny's friends in this instance were Peter Christoff on fiddle, Michael Farrell on pipes and Tin Whistle, Lis Johnston and Cris Larner also providing vocals, Richard Leach recites "Jowl and Listen", and Ian Ball reads "Coupshawholme Fair".
My favourite tracks are "MacPherson's Rant" and "Baron o' Brackley".

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Danny Spooner's widow has advised that plans are currently underway to expand the website to re-release Danny's music to raise funds for a memorial statue. Accordingly, the album is no longer available for download.


  1. Great album. Thank you, Paul, and thank you, Paul. And thank you, Danny and friends.

  2. Many thanks for this. I've had a cassette of it for many years, as the album was already out of print when I first met the wonderful Danny Spooner. So it's great to have a good copy of it. I never thought this would happen! Cheers!

  3. That was me in the last comment. I've now put a Danny Spooner discography on my site, as the official one is a bit lacking. So is mine, but it's the best I can do with currently available information - and I don't have all the records - in fact none of the LPs. I'd be grateful for any of the missing bits. Garry