Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

Phyl Lobl

Web_phyl squarePhyl Lobl began writing and then performing songs in the late sixties as Phyl Vinnicombe. Along with Glen Tomasetti, Shirley Andrews and others she served on the committee that instigated the National Folk Festival. Warren Fahey of Larrikin records used Phyl’s talents on several LPs before releasing ‘On My Selection’, an LP of then contemporary Australian songs. A second LP consisting almost entirely of Phyl’s compositions, ‘Broadmeadow Thistle’ followed. Phyl was the first artist to take part in the Folk Touring Circuit initiated by the National Folk Trust. An appointment to the Music Board of the Australia Council brought a break in performing and resulted in improved funding for folk music. Her appointment also helped gain recognition and funding that led to the National Folk Festival moving permanently to Canberra. Phyl’s accolades are too numerous to mention here, but her work has continued over the years and she is still active in championing folk music and in encouraging and nurturing young musicians.

Fri 12:40pm Trocadero Wasn’t That a Time
Sat 2:00pm Budawang Founders’ Concert
Sun 11:20am Trocadero Songwriters’ Concert


Danny Spooner

Web_dannyspoon squareDanny Spooner’s passion is the expression of British and Australian culture through folk music. Born into a working-class family in the East End of London Danny arrived in Australia in 1962. Influenced by the likes of Declan Affley, Martyn Wyndham-Read and Margret RoadKnight, Danny developed his craft and soon understood the importance of the social context of folk song. He has performed in folk clubs all over Australia, New Zealand and in Britain on his visits home. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Australia, at which he has given a vast range of workshops on aspects of folk songs of Britain and Australia, many that were recorded by ABC national radio. His passion is getting people singing and he has inspired and encouraged many to develop their singing craft. Nothing gives him more pleasure at a festival than getting a good singing session going. Described as “a living national treasure”, Danny Spooner can make traditional music seem new, and make new songs seem old.

Sat 2:00pm Budawang Founders’ Concert
Sun 1:30pm Trocadero The Watersons