Preparation for punk – skiffle

Punks like to think that they invented that DIY idea where anyone could get up and form a band. But no! There is nothing new. I was only able to join in with punk because, many years earlier, my dad had been much taken by the 1950s skiffle movement.

The idea of skiffle music swept across Britain in the late 1950’s, with its casual clothes, American folk and music of Black origin. But the most innovative part was the idea that you could make a band with homemade instruments – like a T-chest bass or a washboard played with thimbles on your fingers. Image result for t chest bass

It’s hard to find many female players involved with the scene. A few were singer/guitarists, but apart from the T-chest playing woman on the picture of The Peepel above, it seems to have been a mainly male pursuit.

However, my dad fancied being in a skiffle band, so like many guys his age, he bought a guitar in about 1960. The guitar sat around the house unplayed for years and years. Until the next wave of DIY music came along and I picked it up as a punk guitar.

Image result for skiffle band girl

So, musically skiffle isn’t much like the punk I tried to play, but the spirit is the same. Thanks, Dad and thanks, skiffle music.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/jun/01/popandrock2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiffle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/14m685MfWqvtz9LNr4W9BVp/skiffle-the-musical-revolution-that-time-forgot

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close