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Australian Chamber Orchestra

Enchanted: Live in concert with Danny Spooner, Mike Kerin and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Live in concert with Mike Kerin, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra

“Danny Spooner has one of those big honey-and-tar voices that shines like anthracite on the sweet notes at the top of a phrase” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

In March 2017, the musical world came together to mourn the death of Danny Spooner, a man whose passion for expressing culture through music had touched the lives of millions and seen him declared a living national treasure. ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, hearing earlier of his terminal illness, had simply written – in a private note – “Bless his genius”.

Now the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tognetti honour this extraordinary musician with a live recording from their collaboration with Spooner in 2007. The recording – which hasn’t been heard for a decade – was made when they toured Australia with fiddler Mike Kerin, bringing to life a range of folk songs: differing in mood, but all sharing ear-catching tunes, characteristic dance rhythms and a marvellous sense of vitality. The concert looked back to the folk music of rural Britain – from where Spooner hails – with the Hebridean Call of the Seals and the northern miners’ tune Byker Hill, but also celebrates the rich folk history of Australia, with works by West Australia’s Roy Abbott (And When They Dance) and Queenslander Bill Scott (Hey Rain).

Born in London’s East End, Danny Spooner left school at age 13 and began learning British folksongs while working on barges along the Thames and the English south coast. Since arriving in Australia in 1962, his astonishingly vast repertoire of folk music expanded and was performed in folk clubs, festivals and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the US. He memorised over 5000 folksongs.

Fiddler Mike Kerin is known to Australian lovers of country music as a consummate musician, a vocalist and player of fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Since 1978 he has been a quiet driving force in country music through his performances and recordings with Gaelforce, the Flying Emus, the Travelling Country Band, Slim Dusty and the WheelerDealers, alongside countless other.

Track Listing:

  • 1. Set of Three Reels: Unknown, Miller’s Reel, Drag Them Round The Bend (Trad arr Mike Kerin)
  • 2. Call of the Seals (Trad arr Richard Tognetti)
  • 3. Byker Hill (Trad arr Tognetti)
  • 4. Danny Spooner introduces the first three works
  • 5. And When They Dance (Roy Abbott arr ACO)
  • 6. Hey Rain (Bill Scott)
  • 7. Mike Kerin introduces The Hangman’s Reel
  • 8. The Hangman’s Reel (Trad arr Tognetti)
  • 9. Oh! For Me Grog (Trad arr Tognetti)
  • 10. Jack Orion (Trad arr ACO)
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