FTX - 091- DIRTY OLD TOWN - STEVE BENBOW AT THE SKIFFLE CELLAR

These recordings are probably the earliest made in "The Skiffle Cellar" which was operated by Russell Quaye and Hilda Sims in 1958. Steve was performing there with his "FOLK FOUR" featuring vocalist, Stella, with Jimmie Macgregor on mandolin and Vic Pitt, bass. The concept of "Skiffle" originated when two friends of Peter Kennedy: John Hasted, nuclear physicist at London University and Redd Sullivan a busking merchant seaman, both folk and socialist enthusiasts, visited Peter's "Reel Club" and played a type of music which had originated on board ship with three instruments: guitar, a washboard and tea-chest bass. The term "skiffle" was aleady being used fopr the accompaniment of a number of folksongs such as "Knickerbocker Line" and "Maggie May".

AS I ROVED OUT - DERBY RAM - DIRTY OLD TOWN (composed by McColl) - TURPIN HERO - MANCHESTER RAMBLER (McColl) - WHIP JAMBOREE - JACK TAR ON SHORE - CRUISIN ROUND YARMOUTH - PULL THE STRING - TIME TO BE MADE A WIFE - DARK-EYED GYPSY - TRUELOVER'S FAREWELL - BOLL WEEVIL - DINKS SONG - BLUE TAIL FLY - TWO BROTHERS - COME ALL YOU FAIR & TENDER LADIES - LOLLY TOO DUM - KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE - SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT - WAYFARIN STRANGER - MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE - RAIN RAIN RAIN - HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - SLACK YOUR ROPE, HANGMAN

 

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