Skiffle Bands

Skiffle Bands

Various Artists FW02610 / FA 2610

The skiffle band—a kind of ensemble that nearly disappeared after the 1920s—uses homemade or inexpensive instruments, including washboards, harmonicas, jugs, washtub basses, kazoos, tin flutes, woodblocks, and slide whistles to play a variety of songs. The recordings featured here were made between 1954 and 1957, and the musicians are mostly older men.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records

Genre(s) American Folk; Blues
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar; Harmonica; Jug; Kazoo; Twelve string guitar; Washboard band music; Washtub bass
Subject(s) Ballads; Banjo music; Blues; Jug band music; Oral history; Skiffle

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101 Raise a Ruckus Tonight The Mobile Strugglers 3:11 Not Available for Download
102 Rock Me, Baby The Mobile Strugglers 2:56 Not Available for Download
103 My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean The Mobile Strugglers 3:40 Not Available for Download
104 Trouble, Trouble Followed Me All of My Days The Mobile Strugglers 3:40 Not Available for Download
105 Interview with Virgil Perkins Virgil Perkins 1:42 Not Available for Download
106 Goin Around the Mountain, Darlin' Bessie Virgil Perkins and Jack Sims 3:55 Not Available for Download
107 John Henry Virgil Perkins and Jack Sims 4:30 Not Available for Download
201 Harmonica Blues The Memphis Jug Band 3:16 Not Available for Download
202 Tippin' Round The Memphis Jug Band 4:44 Not Available for Download
203 Interview and Solos: a. Old John Booker, You Call That Gone Gus Cannon 4:13 Not Available for Download
204 What You Gonna Do, Baby, When Your Troubles Get Like Mine The Memphis Jug Band 2:41 Not Available for Download
205 Interview with Will Shade and Charlie Burse Will Shade and Charlie Burse 2:51 Not Available for Download
206 Take Your Fingers Off It The Memphis Jug Band 2:57 Not Available for Download
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