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Danny Widdicombe

Danny’s first musical experience was in the womb. “My parents were living in London and while I was incubating they took me along to hear Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen’s famous 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert and Led Zeppelin.”
His career looked bright until he was struck down by leukaemia when he was 19 he eventually won this battle ten years later and returned to music with his debut album “The Transplant Tapes” written during recovery from the bone marrow transplant that saved his life. Danny’s skills on the guitar lead him to some serious session work including playing lead guitar in the touring bands of Bernard Fanning and Tim Rogers. Since then Danny’ has toured the nation with his band The Wilson Pickers and has been busy writing and recording his latest album.

Danny's new album is a story of endurance. Find Someone is an album recorded and put together while leukaemia was spreading inside Danny Widdicombe. Danny was touring through Germany, The Netherlands and the UK, unaware of the cancer silently taking hold – until, at the climax of the tour, he collapsed and was rushed back to Australia to receive immediate treatment at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
He had already made a start on his new album Find Someone in Brisbane before he left, writing and recording mostly demos of new songs, capturing their essence with first-take recordings. In Berlin he wrote and recorded more songs and finally, as the new twist of events dawned on him, he even laid down some overdubs in the lead-lined radiation room in the hospital between bouts of chemotherapy.
As Danny’s health deteriorated, and he started to worry that this was to become a posthumous release, his long-time friend Lachlan ‘Magoo’ Goold picked up the reins and steered the album to completion, adding the final touches and his studio wizardry. More of Danny’s friends rallied behind him – some of Australia’s best musicians added their skills, people like Terepai Richmond, James Gillard, Luke Moller, Ben Salter, Andrew Morris, Grant Cummerford and Mel Robinson.
Buoyed by the support from his family and friends, and with his new album to focus his mind away from the everyday monotony of life in hospital, Danny managed to slowly regain some strength and return home to his wife and children.
But this is only the background story of a great album. Find Someone is full of well-written songs that range from Crazy Horse-style rock, through Berlin-inspired synthesiser groove pop to intimate, thought provoking nylon-string plucked songs that make it obvious why Danny is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist.

Release
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)