KD skiffle session

BCB “skiffle” interview, Sept 28, 2012

The Skiffler’s Song

Tune: Which Side Are You On? (Florence Reece), based on a Scottish folk song, Jackie Munro.

My daddy was a skiffler
And I’m a skiffler’s son
And I will play my washboard
Until my day is done
All the whole night through
And all the whole day too.

It wasn’t Lonnie Donegan
Though he sang so fine
But the convict Huddie Ledbitter
Who sang Rock Island Line.

So get yourself a washboard
And make a T-chest bass
And you can be a skiffler
And play it every place.

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Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan

Back when Lonnie Donegan was barely a gleam in Chris Barber’s eye, the Riversiders were playing every Sunday on the banks of the river in Walton-on-Thames. Then another group with the same name played on the opposite bank (later to become the Rolling Stones). So the ORIGINAL Riversiders were born, covered by Melody Maker with a full-page article on July 7, 1957, headlined SKIFFLE WON’T DIE! The rest, as they say, is history.

That’s the Castle in Grattan Road, Bradford.

Admission is FREE!

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About Karl Dallas

Former BBC and IRN presenter, presenter of jazz, classical, movie and talk shows on Bradford Community Broadcasting, editor and presenter of VideoCaroline, "the best TV over the Seven Seas".
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