Devil Dodgin’ on the High Seas

The James Craig Music Club featured the Forties, with the theme: “Devil Dodgin’ on the High Seas” – songs that mix the sea and religion, often irreverently. We borrowed a young Dan Kenny for the evening in Tom’s absence, and brought down our average age considerably!

We are as likely to convert an audience to religion as we are to shave our bellies with a rusty razor, and we used to say “In fact, none of us know what a razor is!” and maybe that’s still true of Dan. I was tempted to dress him up as a choir boy.

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Click image for video of “Wreckers’ Prayer”. (Video: Sue Brian)

Supporting Daniel Bornstein at the James Craig Music Club

Daniel Bornstein from Melbourne is one of the Grubby Urchins featured during the Sydney Classic & Wooden Boat Festival early in April and he gave a solo performance on board the James Craig later that week with the Forties in support. http://www.grubbyurchins.com/  Facebook: The Grubby Urchins, Daniel and Joe Hillel, run a weekly Sea Shanty Session on Wednesdays at The Brothers Public House in Fitzroy, Vic.

Daniel Bornstein April 2018.jpgDaniel Bornstein looking rather devastating in front of the James Craig and the overpowering lights of Sydney town as a backdrop.

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.

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”.

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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.

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Danny Spooner – photo Rob Gunstone