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Van Morrison - Moving on Skiffle
Van Morrison - Moving on Skiffle
Van Morrison - Moving on Skiffle
Van Morrison - Moving on Skiffle
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Van Morrison - Moving on Skiffle

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Release Date 10/03/2023
Format 2LP Sky Blue Vinyl/  2LP/ 2CD
Label Exile
Catalogue Number 4819236/
4819228/
4819141


It should come as no surprise that Van Morrison has made an album inspired by skiffle. Van Morrison’s love of skiffle dates back to his childhood. He would hang out at the famed Belfast record store Atlantic Records, where he’d hear early 20th century folk, blues and jazz from the likes of Lead Belly and Jelly Roll Morton. So when he heard Lonnie Donegan’s take on ‘Rock Island Line’ he intuitively understood the music he was creating. Before long, Van Morrison was playing with a skiffle band in school.

‘Moving On Skiffle’ finds him taking a homemade style that exploded across Britain in the mid-1950s and infusing it with a level of sophistication and soulfulness that it didn’t always possess the first time around. The 23-track album goes to the heart of the music Van Morrison has inhabited ever since he was six years old, hanging out in the smoky
confines of Belfast’s Atlantic Records. It also contains songs that underline, in their messages on the importance of freedom and living on your own terms, his lifetime philosophy.

Van Morrison says, “I was still in school when I performed with a skiffle band – a couple of guitars, washboard, tea- chest bass. I was already familiar with Lead Belly’s recordings so when I heard Lonnie Donegan’s version of ‘Rock Island Line’ I intuitively understood what he was creating, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. It was like an explosion. This record retranslates songs from that era.

Tracklist
1. Freight Train
2. Careless Love 
3. Sail Away Ladies 
4. Streamline Train 
5. Take This Hammer 
6. No Other Baby
7. Gypsy Davy 
8. This Loving Light Of Mine 
9. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down 
10. Yonder Comes A Sucker
11. Travelin’ Blues 
12. Gov Don’t Allow
13. Come On In 
14. Streamlined Cannonball
15. Greenback Dollar 
16. Oh Lonesome Me
17. I Wish I Was An Apple On A Tree
18. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 
19. I’m Movin’ On 
20. Cold Cold Heart 
21. Worried Man Blues 
22. Cotton Fields 
23. Green Rocky Road 

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