Danny Spooner - Launch Out On The Deep
A new release from 2002 , Danny Spooner's Launch Out On The Deep is a collection of sea songs of various kinds and from a variety of traditions. All songs are in English, but some have Gaelic origins, and in addition to the English and Scottish traditions, the American and Australian ones are also represented here. These songs of the sea are not to be confused with sea shanties, which we already encountered on Danny Spooner's We'll either bend or break 'er previously.
As ever, Danny Spooner engages us with his gripping story telling through his sensitive renditions of these (mostly) old songs, his powerful voice and clear diction. Whether a seasoned seafarer or confirmed landlubber, Launch Out On The Deep will soon capture your imagination and not let go. Spooner's huge voice projects an equally huge heart and soul that cannot fail to captivate utterly.
Each of these wonderful songs is beautifully annotated by Danny Spooner in the sleeve notes, and, indirectly, tell almost as much of the man as of his music. The songs, in turn, likewise tell us a bit of Spooner's history.
As with every album of his that I have heard thus far, Launch Out On The Deep is totally consistent, with no weak tracks in sight, and forms a very satisfying whole.
Indeed, Danny Spooner's Launch Out On The Deep is yet another real gem of an album by this Anglo-Australian folk singer extraordinaire, and no collection of songs of the sea could be complete without it. Any kind of collection of English language folk song would be more than greatly enhanced by this enchanting album.
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