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Danny Spooner and Hugh Anderson

March 6, 2017


Singer, social historian and all-round great bloke Danny Spooner died on Friday March 3. He was a leading light of the Australian folk revival from the beginning. His singing, humour and generosity were known to audiences around the country and around the world. A large tribute concert was held in Daylesford on February 11 and Danny sang at the Cobargo festival last weekend.

Hugh Anderson, folklorist, historian and literary critic has passed away in Melbourne, also on Friday March 3. Hugh was likewise an early participant in the folk movement and made important and enduring contributions through his many books and articles. A celebration of his life will be held at University House Melbourne on March 23, 5-7 pm. Anyone wishing to attend should email

Danny and Hugh were good friends. Extended tributes and memorials to the lives and achievements of both men will no doubt be coming in due course. For now, on behalf of the Australian Folklore Network, our sympathies to their families and many friends.

Graham Seal


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