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I have now had this CD for a fortnight and I have to post and say that it is genius! The Craze CD has all the songs from the production on it. The songs have been written specially for the production and are sprinkled throughout the production. These songs are upbeat and happy and are toe-tapping finger-licking good!
Embarrassingly, I had never heard of a skiffle band prior to this production.
What is a skiffle band? Cut and pasted from the gospel that is Wikipedia:
Skiffle is a type of popular music with jazz, blues, folk, roots and country influences, usually using homemade or improvised instruments. Originating as a term in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, it became popular again in the UK in the 1950s, where it was mainly associated with musician Lonnie Donegan and played a major part in beginning the careers of later eminent jazz, pop, blues, folk and rock musicians.
Skiffle in Britain
A relatively obscure genre, skiffle might have been largely forgotten if not for its revival in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and the success of its main proponent, Lonnie Donegan.
The main impact of skiffle was as a grassroots amateur movement, particularly popular among working class males, who could cheaply buy, improvise or build their own instruments and who have been seen as reacting against the drab austerity of post-war Britain.
It has been estimated that in the late 1950s there were 30-50,000 skiffle groups in Britain. Sales of guitars grew rapidly and other musicians were able to perform on improvised bass and percussion in venues such as church halls and cafes, and in the flourishing coffee bars of Soho, London.
A large number of British musicians began their careers playing skiffle in this period and some became leading figures in their respective fields. Most notably, The Beatles evolved from John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen.
The skiffle craze was largely over by 1958 as its enthusiasts either abandoned music for more stable employment, or moved into some of the forms of music it had first suggested, including folk, the blues and rock and roll.
Luckily I got hold of this CD the day before I was due to hand in my resignation and be in the Home Office building for the last time. That was massively difficult for me, as I had worked there for 10 years, and loved the building and many of the people inside it. This CD got me through the trauma of leaving what had been my place of work for the past decade.
Buy the CD here:
Whilst I am talking about One Man, Two Guvnors, I might as well do a round-up of all the news related to the production.
The production will have its NT live on Thursday 15 September. Details here:
The final performance of the production at the National is on Monday 19 September. It then goes on a nationwide tour. Details here:
Finally, it will be on in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November. Details (and you can book tickets) here:
As you can probably guess I love this production - it is genius! It has been a sell-out because I think, in these times of economic doom and gloom, people want to go to the theatre and have an old-fashioned fun and enjoyable night out. This production most definitely delivers on that!