Skiffle Songs Collection-Titles S to Z

Skiffle song collection, 200 plus titles from artists and bands such as Lonnie Donegan, Chris Barber, The Vipers, Chas McDevitt, Ken Colyer, Johnny Duncan, Van Morrison, The Quarrymen, and other skiffle groups and Jug Bands. Lyrics with chords for ukulele, guitar, banjo, mandolin etc. plus printable PDF for download.

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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.


Some of the songs have both Lyrics and Chords(suffix CRD) versions, some just lyrics, a few of the songs also have versions from different artists. About two thirds are lyrics with chords marked for playing accompaniment and should be suitable for use with instruments such as Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo or Mandolin etc.


Some of the songs, particularly those including tablature, extend to several screens. To avoid slow to load pages only the first page is displayed, in these cases you will need to DONWLOAD the PDF file to see all the song pages.

Should you need version of the song, for printing (without banners or adverts) an PDF file is available for downloading by the link at the bottom of the song pages..

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