Entertainers - from Songsters such as Ragtime Texas Henry Thomas,

Jim Jackson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Pink Anderson,

Papa Charlie Jackson, The Two Poor Boys, Luke Jordan, Hambone Willie Newbern to Blues Queens like Ma Rainey, Clara Smith, Lil Bogan, Alberta Hunter etc... - entertained with risque offerings or stereotyped tales of fools -

''Candy Man', 'I Got Mine', 'Salty Dog', 'Good Old Turnip Greens',

'In The Jailhouse Now', 'I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll',

'All I Want Is A Spoonful', 'Keep It Clean', 'Hard Pushin' Papa', 'I Got A Gal For Every Day Of The Week', ' My Handy Man', 'Shave 'em Dry', 'Do Your Duty',




Good clean fun - from folk to Minstrelsy, Medicine Shows to Vaudeville


Hokum and Skiffle

Do it yourself

UK skiffle grew out of the Trad Jazz Scene, centring around

Ken Colyer and Chris Barber, and members of their bands -

Alexis Korner, Chas McDevitt, Nancy Whiskey

and Lonnie Donegan.


Reportoire was drawn from the pre-blues shared tradition - 'Midnight Special', 'John Henry', 'Rock Island Line', 'Cumberland Gap' and 'Freight Train' - plus a hint of British Folk and Music Hall.


Skiffle took off thanks to the growing availability of cheap acoustic guitars, the novelty appeal of home-made instruments and, crucially, the availability of Leadbelly's 78s and LPs.


Tommy Steele, Hank Marvin, Mick Jagger, Lennon & McCartney, Van Morrison, Jimmy Page and Graham Nash

all spent time in skiffle bands.


Skiffle - doing things in a hurry.

Bands in New Orleans and the South with home-made instruments were known as skiffle or spasm bands.

By the 1930's skiffle often meant music played at rent parties.

The late 1920's and early 1930's saw the development of a 'jazzy' style; by Chicago-based musicians such as

Tampa Red and his Hokum Jug Band, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats and Washboard Sam,

and by the likes of Bo Carter, the Mississippi Sheiks and Blind Boy Fuller etc.., - featuring classics such as:

'It's Tight Like That', 'I Had To Give Up Gym', 'Hot Stuff', 'Who Pumped The Wind In My Doughnut?',

'Don't Mash My Digger So Deep', 'Banana In Your Fruit Basket', 'Hot Tamales', 'Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me',

'Sweet Honey Hole', 'What's That Taste Like Gravy?' etc...