PROMENADE TOURS TELL STORY OF THE LIVERPOOL MUSIC CRAZE WHICH SWEPT THE NATION
A dramatised presentation of the greatest teenage craze to sweep this country is to be presented in the city where it all started, the city of music – Liverpool.
For three nights starting on the 28th of July, The Story of Skiffle: How It All Began is to be presented in the magnificent St George’s Hall.
Written by journalist and storyteller, David Charters, the show will feature professional musicians and actors from the award-winning LoveHistory team.
Five locations in the Catacombs have been chosen for the action, a promenade performance which reveals how a teenager was swept up by the music after hearing Lonnie Donegan’s Rock Island Line. With fellow school-leavers he joins a skiffle group called The Grasshoppers.
But times are changing even faster than our boy is growing up. Rock and Roll grows and grows in popularity and overshadows skiffle.
Will he stick with his part-time, acoustic skiffle group or go electric and join his pals in a full-time beat group? Or will he follow his dad into a career at the bank?
Along the way, there will be lots of stories and songs telling of the music that shook the soul of the nation.
For years, Britain had endured the grey of post-war austerity. But the lights were about to be switched on. Skiffle, the do-it-yourself music of teenagers, saw to that.
“I have always loved skiffle,”said David. “I still do. Lonnie Donegan will always be a hero to me – as he was to Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
“All the top Mersey groups, the Beatles, Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemekers, Merseybeats, Swinging Blue Jeans, Mojos and so on were influenced by skiffle. It brought the songs of American plantations, battles and rail-roads into suburban bedrooms in Britain.
“Without skiffle, the great musical revolution of the 1960s might never have happened. Beyond Liverpool, skiffle inspired the Kinks, the Stones and the Who.
“It was that important to our popular culture. Writing about it and working in such a grand setting with the wonderful people in LoveHistory is an honour for me.”
David was a columnist on the old Liverpool Daily Post for 25 years. He now writes a weekly column for the Wirral edition of the Liverpool Echo.
Judy McLean Creative Director of LoveHistory said:“We are so excited to be collaborating with David Charters on this unique event. It’ll be great fun and a great show!”
The Story of Skiffle: How It All Began runs at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, from July 25th until July 30th with three performances each night lasting one hour each. Tickets £15 per person.
For further information, please visit www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk.
The Story of Skiffle: How It All Began
Venue: St George’s Hall, The Great Hall, St George’s Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ.
Date: July 28-30 2016
Time: Three performances per night starting at 5.45pm, 7pm and 8.15pm (duration one hour)
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, Online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.