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2017 National Folk Festival highlights

2017 National Folk Festival

Although the Forties weren’t booked at the 2107 National, the Southern Cross Trawlers (Margaret, Don and Chris) were on the programme – opening the festival with a song session in the Bohemia Bar on the Thursday night and the Saturday night session too, presenting the Cabbage Tree Hat story, and a concert on the final day.

It was a privilege to sing in the big tribute to Danny Spooner in the main venue. Margaret sang “Tolpuddle Man” with Ruth Hazelton and Kerrie Maguire, and with Chris in the finale of John Tams’ “Rolling Home”.

Ruth, Margaret and Kerrie

Ruth Hazelton, Margaret Walters and Kerrie Maguire – “Tolpuddle Man”

Danny Spooner tribute finale

Danny Spooner tribute finale – photo Rosemary Saul

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.

Danny Spooner - 1936-2017

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.

Sydney Heritage Fleet Christmas Party

Sydney Heritage Fleet Christmas Party

On board the James Craig at Pyrmont

The Sydney Forties were joined by Christina Mimmocchi to sing sea songs and Christmas songs at the Sydney Heritage Fleet Christmas Party on board the James Craig on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

There’s also a video courtesy of Sue Brian.

The Loaded Dog Folk Club – May 2016

The Song Goes On - Illawarra FF 2016Redfern Shanty Club - Illawarra FF 2016The Roaring Forties and Redfern Shanty Club share the bill at the Loaded Dog.

It should be a fabulous night of chorus singing on Saturday, 28th May 2016 in Annandale….

Catch the Old Farts and the Young Turks as they belt out some shanties at the Loaded Dog Folk Club.