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THIS COLLECTION of songs is taken from the repertoire of various popular Skiffle bands, and artists such as Lonnie Donegan, Chris Barber, The Vipers, Chas McDevitt, Ken Colyer, Johnny Duncan, Van Morrison, The Quarrymen, and others.
SKIFFLE was a music genre popular in the UK having it's origins in the folk revival of the 1950's and 1960's, some commentators place it origins with the African-American musical culture of the 1920's and 30's namely, Jug bands using improvised musical instruments such as the washboard, jugs, tea chest bass, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, and comb-and-paper kazoos, as well as more conventional instruments, such as acoustic guitar and banjo. The term skiffle was one of many slang phrases for a rent party, a social event with a small charge designed to pay rent on a house. It was first noted in Chicago in the 1920s and may have been brought there as part of the African-American migration to northern industrial cities. The first use of the term on record was in 1925 in the name of Jimmy O'Bryant and his Chicago Skifflers. Most often it was used to describe country blues music records, which included the compilation "Hometown Skiffle" (1929) and "Skiffle Blues" (1946) by Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys. It was used by Ma Rainey (1886–1939) to describe her repertoire to rural audiences. The term skiffle disappeared from American music in the 1940s. s a style, Skiffle is characterised by often up tempo songs and major chord harmonisation - tendencies also shared with the bluegrass genre.
Skiffle performers took songs from many mainstream and particularly folk music sources and adapted them to suit the skiffle style. Skiffle was truly a music of the people, simple enough to be played by inexperienced amateur musicians but capable of being finessed to high degree by professional musicians. This accessibility inspired many young performers to start musical careers, including many famous names; Van Morrison, Alexis Korner, Mick Jagger, John Renbourn, Roger Daltrey, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, and most notably, The Beatles who evolved from John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen.
Most of the songs listed mention artist, vocalist or composer names, however, this should not be taken to mean that they are an accurate version of the piece as performed or composed by the named person. Also the keys and chord sequences chosen may also vary considerably between versions by different artists. Some of these songs are in the public domain or traditional categories, but most are not, and should you wish to use them as a basis of a performance or for any non-personal study purpose you are advised to contact the copyright holders (where available, copyright info has been included with the song). These transcriptions are made by many different individuals from all over the world for their own research and instruction, and as such are liable to great variation in interpretation and opinion. They are being shared on this site for personal educational and study purposes only, please see our copyright page for more info.
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|Last Train To San Fernando Johnny Duncan Leave My Woman Alone Ray Charles Lemon Tree Peter Paul And Mary CRD Little Boxes Pete Seeger CRD Little Girl Leadbelly CRD Lonesome Traveller Lonnie Donegan Long Time Gone Tex Ritter CRD Lorelei Leiber Lost John Lonnie Donegan Louisiana Man Buck Owens CRD Love Is Strange Lonnie Donegan Lumbered Lonnie Donegan Maggie May The Vipers Market Song Tit Bits Lonnie Donegan Michael Row The Boat Ashore Traditional CRD Midnight Special Leadbelly CRD Midnight Special Traditional CRD More And More Van Morrison CRD Moving On Muleskinner Blues Mule Skinner Blues Lonnie Donegan CRD My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean Wally Whyton CRD My Dixie Darling A P Carter CRD My Lagan Love Lonnie Donegan CRD My Little Baby Lonnie Donegan My Lucky Love Marty Wilde My Old Man's A Dustman Lonnie Donegan CRD New Orleans House Of The Rising Sun Lonnie Donegan CRD Nobodys Child Cy Coben Mel Foree CRD Nobodys Child Nobodys Child 1 Mel Foree Cy Coben CRD Nobody Knows The Trouble Ive Seen Trad Nobody Loves Like An Irishman Lonnie Donegan CRD No Other Baby Bishop Watson CRD Oh Mary Dont You Weep B Springsteen CRD Old Riley Trad CRD On A Monday Lead Belly CRD Outskirts Of Town Van Morrison Over The Rainbow Judy Garland CRD Pay Me My Money Down Pete Seeger CRD Pick A Bale Of Cotton Leadbelly CRD Pick A Bale Of Cotton Poor Howards Dead And Gone Precious Lord Lead Me On Trad Precious Memories Lonnie Donegan CRD Puff The Magic Dragon Peter Paul Mary CRD Putting On The Style Lonnie Donegan CRD Railroad Bill Rambling Jack Elliot CRD Rail Road Steamboat Yonder Comes A Sucker The Vipers CRD Ramblin Round Lonnie Donegan CRD Rockabilly Baby Johnny Duncan 1957 Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan Rock Island Line 2 Lonnie Donegan CRD Rock My Soul Trad CRD Rock O My Soul Lonnie Donegan|