His Life

Danny Spooner was born to sing: around the piano in a WW2 bomb shelter or at a family knees-up, working 'on the water', in folk clubs and house concerts, in pubs and bars, music theatre and folk festivals. Nothing suited him better than finding the right songs to sing to a particular audience. His vast knowledge informed the chat that gave his material its social context. Danny believed the song chose him to tell the story of a working person.

A leading light in the folk revival from the 60s, Danny is a massive loss to the folk movement in Australia where he was both a bedrock and benchmark. Read more

> Farewell Danny Spooner

> Intimates' remembrances

> Workshops

> Archived itinerary

> Bio by Tony Martin

> Walking Encyclopedia

> Giant of a Man

> Our North American

> Weston's 80 Poem

Port Fairy Artist of the Year 1995

"Danny Spooner has become a part of the living Port Fairy Folk Festival tradition since its inception in 1977, and it was our pleasure to invite him to be the guest of honour as inaugural Artist of the Year Port Fairy 1995.

He's as permanent a fixture at Port Fairy as a bollard on the wharf beside the River Moyne. For 20 years, the audiences have enjoyed his workshops, one-man shows, his deep multi-disciplinary understanding of social history, and his immense repetoire of songs. His songs cover the full gamut of human emotions, endeavours and experiences.

Jamie McKew
Inaugural Director Port Fairy Folk Festival