We are delighted to be part of The Royal Albert Hall’s Summer of Love: Revisited programme, a series of talks, screenings and performances in the Elgar Room celebrating this pivotal moment of cultural history.

For our third event on Tuesday 6th June we will be joined by Billy Bragg to look back at the importance of skiffle music. Ahead of the event we asked Billy what his Top 5 songs of skiffle and protest music are. Check out his answers below.

Billy will also be signing his new book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers; How Skiffle Changed the World, which will be available to purchase on site.

The full details of the event and ticket details can be found here.

We will also be joined by Jazzie B, Laura Mvula and The Zombies, full details of the rest of the programme can be found here.

Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group  – ‘Rock Island Line’

“This is the track that kicked skiffle off in January 1956, when Lonnie Donegan became the first British artist to get into the charts playing a guitar.”

The Chas Mcdevitt Skiffle Group Featuring Nancy Whiskey – ‘Greenback Dollar’

“McDevitt, Donegan’s only real rival in terms of chart places, sings an old anti-capitalist love song.”

The Vipers Skiffle Group – ‘Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O’

“The Vipers took their name from a jazz term for someone who smokes marijuana.”

2.19 Skiffle Group – ‘Union Maid’

“The 2.19ers cover Woody Guthrie, who was highly popular with the skiffle crowd.”

City Ramblers Skiffle Group – ‘Round And Round The Picket Line’

“The City Ramblers were genuine radicals, playing benefit gigs for both CND and the anti-racist movement in 1958.”

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