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American Music (The Skiffle Band)


The Skiffle Band are a quartet dedicated to the music that inspired the golden age of popular music, the swinging ‘60s, and that critics regard as the birth of popular music as we know it. An acoustic band featuring guitar/banjo, fiddle/mandolin, double bass and multi-percussionist extraordinaire with his unique ‘customised washboard’, The Skiffle Band perform a selection of music from that iconic era which saw the popular folk, jazz and blues of Americana cross the Atlantic to Britain. Here, absorbed by the likes of Lonnie Donegan, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and John Lennon, it was transformed into The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Kinks and many more who fed it back to America as the Great British folk revival, blues boom and the ‘British Invasion’.

The Skiffle Band take the organic music of that beat era where it all started, mix it with the classic songs it inspired, and show how it came full circle by including the contemporary music that owes its roots to it. The Skiffle Band performed for a series of events at the National Theatre in the summer of 2011 as a result of the hugely popular production of ’One Man Two Guvnors’, a play set in Brighton in the 50s which features music from that era. Something of these performances by The Skiffle Band spread and they were invited to perform for a recent corporate event in March 2012 at the Design Museum for a major international law firm.

Repertoire:

The Skiffle Years

Midnight Special
Worried Man Blues
Jack O’ Diamonds
Tom Dooley
Freight Train
Don’t You Rock me Daddy-O
Railroad Bill
Frankie and Johnny
Goodnight Irene
Alabamy Bound
Love is Strange
I wanna Go Home
Pick A Bale O’ Cotton
Cumberland Gap
Cool Clear Water
Living Doll
Pack up your Sorrows
Singing the Blues
You are my Sunshine
Summer Holiday
The House of the Rising Sun

The Swinging 60s

Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Blues – Rolling Stones
19 Nervous Breakdown – The Stones
You Cant Always get what you want – The Rolling Stones
Penny Lane –The Beatles
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Norwegian Wood – The Beatles
I’ve Just Seen a Face – The Beatles
Sunshine Superman – Donovan
Mellow Yellow – Donovan
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Dedicated Follower of Fashion – The Kinks
Waterloo Sunset – Kinks
Light My Fire – The Doors
Lets Work Together – Canned Heat
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Delilah – Tom Jones
Here Comes the Night – Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
That’s Allright Mama – Elvis
Hound Dog – Elvis
From A Jack To a Queen – Roger Miller
Wheels on Fire – Bob Dylan
See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
Ground Control to Major Tom – David Bowie
The Urban Spaceman – The Bonzo Dog Band
No Matter What – Badfinger

And Beyond:

Stuck in the Middle with you – Stealers Wheel
Man Of Constant Sorrow – The Soggy Bottom Boys
This Thing Called Love – Queen
Folson Prison Blues – Johhny Cash
Ring of Fire – Johhny Cash
Burning Love – Elvis
Suspicious Minds – Elvs
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I Want you to Want me – Cheap Trick
Dance the Night Away – The Mavericks
C’est La Vie – Chuck Berry
Meet Me on the Corner – Lindisfarne
Get it on – T Rex
Don’t Think Twice – Bob Dylan
The Alabama Song – Brecht/The Doors
Dancing in the Dark – Springsteen
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Standard Length of Performance:

The band usually perform 2 x 45 minutes.

Testimonials:

“The band were absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for organising them.”
– Purely Events

”We have been getting some very positive feedback from events you have done for us recently, and I wanted to thank you for the continuing level of professionalism you display.”
– Matters Musical Limited

Previous Clients Include:

Fortesque’s
The Red Cross Celebrity Charity Ball
The Boston Rooms
Quintessential Events
Sir John Beckwith’s 60th birthday party
Disneyland Paris – KPMG annual conference
The Celtic Manor, Wales – annual conference
Ealing Council
Kensington Town Hall

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