About Skiffle

Skiffle music began in the early 1950’s, it is a British invention drawing influence from early American folk music.

As money was short in those days, many people who loved and wanted to play music couldn’t as they were unable to afford to buy their own instruments. Being resourceful, they decided to improvise, using ordinary household items such as washboards, tea chest basses, pots and pans, spoons and any other things they could find. Songs are often about trains or life’s hardships, but many songs can be adapted for Skiffle.

Many well-known musicians began their careers with Skiffle, such as members of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Roger Daltrey to name but a few. Although these artists have moved on to perform their own brands of music, Skiffle still exists as a genre in its own right, as it is great fun and very stimulating.

There are many Skiffle groups in existence today in the UK and America performing publicly. Sevenoaks Area Mind’s Skiffle Express is the only such group using this unique musical technique to spread a message of understanding to the general public, and offering a window of hope and opportunity to those afflicted by mental health problems.