Anthology Records AR 001 (LP, Australia, 1977)
Recording and sleeve notes by Ian J. Ball;
Edited and mastered by Klarion Enterprises;
Photographs by Dave Ahrens
Danny Spooner, Bernice O'Leary, Duncan Brown, Cris Larner, John O'Leary, Leigh Peatt, Jamie Johnston, Marnay Gatehouse, Tony Martin, Lis Johnston
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All tracks trad. except
Track 3 Joseph Bryan Geoghegan;
Track 7 words Idris Davies, music Pete Seeger;
Track 8 Ewan MacColl
There is no doubt that the best way to hear Folk Music (or any other music if if comes to that) is at a live performance. Unfortunately, some people can not always be heard in public. Canterbury Fair is one such group. I had known most of them foe a couple of years before hearing them sing. After that I took to following them around (complete with cassette recorder) whenever possible.
The group first appeared in public about seven years ago, at the Open Stage, in Bouverie Street, Carlton, for a lecture/workshop on “History Through Folksong”. Since then, they have appeared at lectures, concerts, workshops and in radio and television programmes—usually illustrating historical themes with readings and folksong—and have shown themselves to be talented in may ways, apart from their singing. The last notable occasion was a workshop entitles “Sailors and their Ladies” which was given at the Adelaide Folk Festival last Easter (1977).
Because of the time taken in gathering the material for this type of performance, and the family and work commitments of most members of the group, it is unfortunately rare tor them all to be able to get together for live appearances.
So here, to fill e long felt want, is this record. A new venture for everybody, including the recording engineer. For ten singers (count them) to be assembled for a series of rehearsals and recording sessions, finding times when nobody‘s cold was too bad. was a feat in itself. A problem in logistics, with complications, such as late classes, overtime, baby-sitters, unreliable motor cars, and in one case an inclination to treat John Barleycorn with rather less respect than he deserves. The fact that we are all still on speaking terms is probably a tribute to the sterling character of all concerned.
This, then is Canterbury Fair—spelt with or without the final ‘e’, according to taste. Known also, with varying degrees of affection. as Canterbury Circus, or the Spooner Super Group.. Mysteriously famous on the Melbourne folk scene though seldom actually heard. We hope you enjoy the record.