The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998

Infobox Album | Name = The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998
Type = Live album
Artist = Van Morrison

Released = January 18, 2000
Recorded = November, 1998
Genre = Skiffle
Length = 46:25
Label = Pointblank records
Producer = Van Morrison
Reviews =
Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
Last album = "Back on Top"
This album = "The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998"
Next album = "You Win Again"
Misc = Singles
Name =The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998
Type =live
Single 1 =I Wanna Go Home" b/w "New Burying Ground"/"Midnight Special
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"The Skiffle Sessions - Live In Belfast 1998" is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber, released in 2000. Lonnie Donegan had played with the Chris Barber jazz band when he had his first hit with "Rock Island Line"/"John Henry" in 1955. He had been a childhood influence on Van Morrison, who had first performed in his own skiffle band with schoolmates when he was twelve years old in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This would be Donegan's first studio album in twenty years; reviving his career until his death in 2002.

Reissue and remastered album

In January 2009, Exile/Polydor will release this album as part of Series four of four catalogue reissues of Morrison's albums dated from 1971 through 2002.

Recording history

Recorded on November 20 and 21, 1998, at Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1977, Morrison had discussed recording an album of skiffle music with Dr. John. "because I started off in a skiffle group and there must be millions of other musicians who also began their careers playing that kind of music....." In preparation for this recording, he went to see Donegan perform and invited him to dinner and after a second meeting they arranged to record the sessions live. [Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence, p. 480] Dr. John, who was playing in concert in the city's Ulster Hall the same evening, arrived toward the end of the recording to play piano on the final few tracks.

Track listing

All songs traditional except as indicated.
#"It Takes a Worried Man" – 3:40
#"Lost John" – 3:33
#"Goin' Home" (Antonín Dvořák) – 3:08
#"Good Mornin' Blues" (Leadbelly, John Lomax) – 2:52
#"Outskirts of Town" (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 4:20
#"Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" – 1:51
#"Alabamy Bound" (Buddy DeSylva, Bud Green, Ray Henderson) – 2:22
#"Midnight Special" – 2:53
#"Dead or Alive" (Woody Guthrie) – 2:33
#"Frankie and Johnny" – 4:31
#"Goodnight Irene" (Leadbelly, Lomax) – 2:46
#"Railroad Bill" – 1:57
#"Muleskinner Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn) – 3:06
#"The Ballad of Jesse James" – 3:07
#"I Wanna Go Home" – 3:46


*Van Morrison - vocal, acoustic guitar
*Lonnie Donegan - vocal, acoustic guitar
*Chris Barber - vocal, trombone, double bass
*Paul Henry, Big Jim Sullivan - acoustic guitar
*Nick Payne - harmonica, saxophone, background vocal
*Dr. John - piano
*Nicky Scott, Chris Hunt - electric bass
*Alan "Sticky" Wicket - washboard, percussion


Album - UK Album Chart (United Kingdom)



* Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press ISBN 1-55652-542-7

External links

* [ Lyrics and Audio Samples] 1990s, The Skiffle Sessions

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