Author Archives: Margaret

A new name – “Forty Degrees South”

40degrees-south-logo-transparentWhat was “The Roaring Forties” is now “Forty Degrees South”.

For various reasons we’re changing our name – but we’re not changing anything else. Keep an eye out for us at festivals over the coming season…

PS. We’ve got a new domain name too – 40degrees-south.com, but the old one will keep on working too.

Devil Dodgin’ on the High Seas

We sang for the newly established James Craig Music Club on the 10th May.

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Click image for video of “Wreckers’ Prayer”.

USA tour – June 2017 – New England

The Roaring Forties are touring the North East of the USA during June 2017. The details of our activities are on our gigs page.

Vale Danny Spooner – 1936-2017

Sad news is the passing of Danny Spooner on 3rd March. Danny was an inspiration to us all and brought a number of John‘s songs to the audiences around the world.

The video below is from a special performance organised for Danny in early February held in the Daylesford Town Hall – John is leading “Bring Out The Banners” supported by many of the other musicians who contributed to the event.

Danny’s last performance was at Cobargo Folk Festival on 26th February, singing songs of the Watersons with his wife Gael and Margaret. It was a triumph.

We will miss him – he has left a vast body of work and huge space in the folk music world.

Danny’s obituary in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald.

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Danny Spooner – photo Rob Gunstone

Farewell to the Wheeze and Suck Band

Singing Mick Ryan’s “The Song Goes On” at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club at the farewell concert for the Wheeze & Suck Band.