Karen Warren
American Roots Title Sponsor
Chico Schwall's American Roots
Rock Island Line
Skiffle and the rise of British Rock, 1955-60
Wed, Apr 14, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Advance sales only for this show. Seating is limited. State guidance for indoor venues, restaurants and masking will be strictly enforced.
While American GI's came home to a world of industry pumped up by the war effort, the GI Bill, the Great Migration, rising wages, women in the work place and a country undamaged by the war, the United Kingdom had been deeply damaged by the war: bombed out cities, crippled industry and agriculture, shortages, and far-reaching economic hardship. England's post war Skiffle movement arose in that context: at it height in the late '50s over 30,000 Skiffle bands had popped up throughout the country, teenaged boys with washboards, improvised one string tea chest basses, penny whistles and whatever guitars they could get their hands on teaching themselves their own special take on American music based in folk, country and blues and the jug bands of the 1920s gleaned from hard-to-get 78 imports. The kids in this movement are the ones who went to the American Folk Blues concerts that brought Muddy Waters, Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Boy Williamson and many others to England, and went on to create the British Invasion, as the Beatles, the Kinks, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and more. Chico Schwall's American Roots pays tribute to one of most important and least understood (and known) chapters in 20th century popular music.
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, director
Chico Schwall, guitar, banjo & singing
Corwin Bolt, bass, tub bass & guitar
Samuel Mitchell, piano & guitar
George Filgate, washboard & snare
 Rock Island Line (Lonnie Donegan)
Words & music by Clarence Wilson
 Green Corn (The Avon City Skiffle Group featuring Ray Rush)
 Streamline Train (The Vipers)
 Mama Don’t Allow
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Pay Me My Money Down (The Vipers)
 Last Train To San Fernando (Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys)
Words by Randolph Padmore - Music by Mighty Dictator, Sylvester DeVere
 Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O (The Vipers)
Words & music by traditional English, Fred Williams, Wally Whyton
 Rock-A-Billy (Guy Mitchell with Jimmy Carroll)
Words & music by Woody Harris, Eddie V. Deane
 Puttin' On The Style (Lonnie Donegan)
Words & music by Henry Dawes, Robert Hughes
 Railroad Man (Alan Lomax and The Ramblers)
 Cumberland Gap (Peggy Seeger, Lonnie Donegan)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Dirty Old Town (Alan Lomax and The Ramblers)
Words & music by Ewan MacColl
 Greenback Dollar (Chas McDevitt with Nancy Whiskey)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Jack O' Diamonds (Lonnie Donegan)
Words & music by traditional English
 Easy Rider (Alexis Korner Skiffle Group)
 Mama Don’t Allow (Jimmy Page)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu (Huey "Piano" Smith and The Clowns)
Words & music by Huey 'Piano' Smith
 Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Chris Barber with Ottilie Patterson)
(c 1830s)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
traditional English, -
traditional U. S., -
Lead Belly, 1888-1949
Mighty Dictator, -
The Vipers Skiffle Group, -
The Skillet Lickers, -
Clarence Ashley, -
Henry Dawes, -
Eddie V. Deane, 1929-
Sylvester DeVere, -
Lonnie Donegan, 1931-2002
Gwen Foster, -
Woody Harris, 1911-1985
Robert Hughes, -
Ewan MacColl, 1915-1989
Red Nelson, 1907-1970
Land Norris, -
Randolph Padmore, -
Huey 'Piano' Smith, 1934-
Uncle Am Stuart, 1853-1926
Wally Whyton, 1929-1997
Fred Williams, -
Clarence Wilson, -
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Ticket/Venue Info
Rock Island Line Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15% 
A19.00  17.25  16.25  -   -  
B15.00  13.50  12.75  -   -  
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
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April, 2021
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