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Thread #38726 Message #1990460
Posted By: Roger the Skiffler
08-Mar-07 - 09:51 AM
Thread Name: What is Skiffle?
Subject: RE: What is Skiffle?
Dan Burley was a boogie woogie piano player and journalist who hosted skiffle parties (rent parties) paying skiffle piano. His recordings including the two (Skiffle Blues and Skiffle Jam)which led to Ken Colyer adopting the term are available on an Austrian CD South Side Shake 1945-1951 Wolf WBJ 008 (available from Amazon US quicker than from Amazon UK). Dan Burley's Skiffle Boys included at times Sticks & Brownie McGhee, Pops Foster, Tiny Grimes and Danny Barker among others.
In his "jiver's bible" glossary he describes Skiffling and scuffling as "feverish activity". (I particularly like the phrase: Like the farmer and the 'tater,plant you now and dig you later defined as: I must go but I'll remember you)
Doc Pomus in the CD booklet talks of playing at one of Dan's skiffle parties and " I never heard the word "skiffle" again until years later when an English folk singer(sic) by the name of Lonnie Donegan played something he called "skiffle music". It sounded british or scottish or something in between, but it had nothing to do with what used to go on Monday nights at the Baby Grand in Harlem, new York".