Sunday, January 1, 2012

Martyn Wyndham-Read, Danny Spooner, Gordon MacIntyre and Peter Dickie "A Wench, a Whale and a Pint of Good Ale" 1966 LP Mono

This is the first of the albums that featured Danny Spooner. This time he is again in company with Martyn Wyndham-Read. Additionally, they are joined by another British ex-pat, Gordon MacIntyre. Gordon was very active in the Australian folk scene for many years; sadly passing away in 1999. Peter Dickie is also acknowledged but he is a complete enigma to me. The LP provides no details as to his actual input - can anyone help with some information on him?
This LP is self-statedly intended to provide greater British Isles folk input to the Australian scene which was then strongly influenced by the north American (US and Canadian) folk scene.
Again, we owe thanks to Denis for making and providing a recording of this LP.  There are some minor problem but it has edited well for such an old and well-loved LP.

Song List
1. The Farmer's Boy
2. The Apprentice Song
3. The Miller and the Maid
4. Er Fa La La Lo
5. The Devil and the Ploughman (Child 279 variant)
6. Greenland Whale Fishery
7. The Hog's-Eye Man
8. Ale Ale Glorious Ale
9. Banks of the Roses
10. I Drew My Ship
11. The Nightingale
12. Whip Jamboree
13. The Oggie Man (No More)
14. The Coast of Peru
15. Ay Waukin Oh
16. Farewell to Tarwarthie

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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.

One of our US visitors has kindly pointed out that Peter Dickie is mentioned in Malcolm J Turnbull's history of the Australian folk movement (no - not the pollie Malcolm Turnbull) and you can find the relevant section at this link (click here).


  1. Can I be the first to put in print (on here anyway) Greetings for 2012, and you beat me to a Jan 1 post.. More DS, can't be bad... huh and with another old sparing partner MWR too !!

  2. Hello and happy new year to you all, from a new Melb member to this site. Being a long time fan of Danny Spooner i'm well chuffed to finally have a copy of this wonderful and rare album...after searching for nearly twenty years! Also, a big thanks for all the other fantastic D.Spooner albums on offer here, all of which i am lucky to have on beautiful vinyl but have never got around to dabbling in the 'ripping' process.
    On a slightly different note, i recently had the good fortune of finding a very fine copy of 'Black Velvet Band- live at H.M. Prison Pentridge' (late 70s/early 80s?). This would probably be my favourite Aus-Folk album of all time, maybe because i grew up listening to it as a kid. I hope to get technical soon so i can share it with you all...unless someone else beats me to it. Thanks again to all contributors, this site has brought me much joy!

  3. Thanks Stocks - and best wishes!

  4. Some nice songs on there, as you say a strong British influence and particularly from the West Country of England. That's a different version of the Farmers Boy than the one I usually hear and very enjoyable. Thank you for this post.

  5. Many, many thanks. I have been searching for this for more than 30 years since I last heard it.

  6. I'm glad everyone likes the Danny Spooner material. I have more which I will send to Paul soon.

    I just wanted to say that I saw Peter Dickie a few times at Frank Traynors is the late 1960s and I seem to recall he sang Aussie songs really well. I remember loving the way he sang "Lazy Harry's" and this prompted me to learn the song with some of my mates. He had a great presence on stage too. I have no idea about his recent history. Regards Denis

  7. Many thanks for the excellent Danny Spooner and Martyn Wyndham-Read albums - this and the others you've posted. Great stuff.

  8. According to Garry Gillard's website, Peter Dickie "weighs in on the chorus" (his wording) of Whip Jamboree.