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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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I had the pleasure of hearing the legendary Billy Bragg speak about both his new book about the importance of skiffle music - Roots, Radicals and Rockers - and how he hoped to motivate his passionate fans to join the movement for political change.
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Young British musicians were turning away from acoustic skiffle music and wanting something new, and here was Buddy Holly with a Fender Stratocaster, a space age instrument which could not even be bought in the UK.
Watts presents a biography of English guitarist Albert Lee, from his upbringing in south London and experimentation with skiffle music to subsequent career performing with Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds, Heads, Hands, and Feet, Eric Clapton, the Crickets, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, and the Everly Brothers, and recent work with Bill Wyman and Hogan's Heroes.
KING of skiffle music Lonnie Donegan left an estate of just pounds 82,136 - despite a hit-making career that lasted 50 years.
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But before the Beatles and Stones came along, Britpop meant cinema, jazz, fashion and skiffle music.
Young Harry became interested in skiffle music, but everything changed when he heard the King of Rock 'n' Roll sing.