Skiffle king’s son following in the Donegan tradition

AS the son of the late, great ‘King of Skiffle’, Peter Donegan has some legacy to live up to.

Lonnie Donegan was one of Britain’s most successful and influential recording artists before The Beatles came along in the early 1960s.

Cumberland Gap, Gamblin’ Man and My Old Man’s A Dustman all reached the top of the UK charts. The Scotsman became known as the ‘King of Skiffle’ and enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Son Peter is now upholding the family tradition, touring the country playing rock ‘n’ roll, folk, blues, country, gospel and electric skiffle, including a date at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Monday, September 27.

Peter Donegan’s influences, perhaps not surprisingly, come from his legendary father.

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“He inspired me and in searching what inspired him, I found inspiration there myself,” said Peter.

“My father took songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie and brought them forward and funnily enough, we do that same thing for today’s audience.”

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At home playing acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica and mandolin, Peter has inherited his dad’s musical talents, but has developed his own unique sound – although the links with the past remain.

Having played with his own band since 2006, Peter recently decided that he wanted to take a different musical direction and teamed up with the original Lonnie Donegan Band to tour and record a new album, Here We Go Again.

The record includes two songs co-written by former Lindisfarne frontman Billy Mitchell, and three self-penned compositions by Peter, with the song Duet written in tribute to his dad.

As if to underline the shared influences, the album also includes The Everly Brothers’ Love Is Strange alongside his father’s Wreck Of Old 97.

Live, the band showcase several of the album’s tracks, alongside such Donegan senior classics as Have a Drink On Me, Puttin’ On The Style, Pick A Bale Of Cotton and Rock Island Line – Lonnie Donegan’s first UK hit in 1956.

The show starts at 7.45pm and tickets cost �16.

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