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The Backyard Skiffle Band Family Show - Blue Smoke, Christchurch

The Backyard Skiffle Band family show is written and presented by David Thorpe (AKA Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, Davey Backyard) and ran on the World Buskers Festival Family Stage in 2016 & 17.

Davey is a passionate, high energy, professional musician & tutor. He firmly believes that every child has natural rhythm and musical ability and they are often completely unaware of this.

The show teaches kids the history of Skiffle music in 1950’s England and the impact it had on modern rock music. Without Skiffle, John Lennon wouldn’t have met Paul McCartney…. imagine a world without The Beatles.

Most importantly, just like John and Paul, it gets the kids playing music and having fun.

What did The Beatles, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Van Morisson and Queen's Brian May all do before they became rock gods?

They grabbed Granny's washboard, Mum's best cutlery, Dad's busted broom and an old tea chest out of the loft and formed a band.

It's time to take a nostalgic journey back to the 1950's Skiffle boom in England when the kids turned everyday household items into great music and went on to make rock history.

This interactive family show features lots of quirky old time instruments and a hideous amount of crashing, banging and chaos. Let’s call it a music & history lesson rolled into one… with a touch of mayhem and a big dollop of good humour.

Parents be very afraid… your pots and pans will never be safe in the cupboard again.