Skiffle

2i’s Coffee Bar

2i’s Coffee Bar

The 2i's Coffee Bar was an integral part of British pop music history. Situated at 59 Old Compton Street, Soho (London) it was originally owned by two brothers called Irani (hence the name "two I's") but on 22 April 1956 it was re-opened by two ex-wrestlers, Ray Hunter and Paul Lincoln, who had wrestled under the name(...)

Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan rose to international fame as one of the founding fathers of a new wave of music called Skiffle that swept the world during the 1950's. He was born Anthony Donnegan of Irish/Scottish parentage in Glasgow, Scotland, on 29 April 1931, and started to take an active interest in music as a teenager, teaching himself to(...)

Skiffle

Without skiffle there might have been no Quarrymen and hence no Beatles. Seen in retrospect on television, skiffle can seem entertaining yet quaint, and yet before pelvic-thrusting took over on the charts, skiffle was incredibly popular. The term 'skiffle' had been used in the US in the 1930s to describe the blending of blues and boogie(...)