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Jazz, folk, or country music played by performers who use unconventional instruments, such as kazoos, washboards, or jugs, sometimes in combination with conventional instruments.

[Origin unknown.]


(Music, other) a style of popular music of the 1950s, played chiefly on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
[C20: of unknown origin]


(Physical Geography) dialect Ulster a drizzle: a skiffle of rain.
[from Scottish skiff, from skiff to move lightly, probably changed from skift, from Old Norse skipta shift]


(ˈskɪf əl)

a jazz or popular music style played by a band of performers using both standard instruments and improvisations, as washboard, ceramic jug, washtub, and kazoo.
[1920–25; orig. uncertain]
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Noun1.skiffle - a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
popular music, popular music genre - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom


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WE reported that King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan had died at the age of 71.
A jam packed list of entertainment for the weekend includes the Pengwern Jamming Crew, choirs Cor y Moelwyn, Meibion Prysor, Hogia Sbyty and Cor Rhiannedd y Moelwyn, singers Mojo Skiffle and Dan Amor, and bands Neon Madmen and Session, Gai Toms a'r Band and Band Pres Llareggub to name but a few.
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1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1960 Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's a Dustman THE king of skiffle released an album of favourite tracks in 1960, entitled, fittingly, The king of skiffle.
Nicholas Hytner's fivestar production tells the story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe.
Because he has often brought back memories - Iof occasions I witnessed - I saw the top stars at the birth of skiffle and rock, etc.
FORMED in Liverpool in 1960, The Beatles had their roots in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll.
Arthur plays Francis Henshall who is fired from his skiffle band and becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
The first 10 songs in the series were unveiled on Wednesday, representing an eclectic mix of styles from skiffle to punk.
The Quarrymen were a British skiffle and rock and roll group, formed by Lennon in Liverpool in 1956, which eventually evolved into The Beatles in 1960.
You can get your own coat of arms and enjoy music with The Rat Pack, The Bravo Boys and skiffle stars Paul Leegan and the Legends.
Tonight, a concert in the Parish Hall will be headlined by THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC SKIFFLE ORCHESTRA.