This Scotland born guitar- banjo-player, was the starter for a whole generation to try to do it on their own to play an instrument.
A guitar, chestbass, washboard and some simple breaks and a group was born.
Like one of the most prominent The QUARRYMEN (pre-BEATLES) , The BLUEGENES (Swinging Blue Jeans) or
Germanys own SKIFFLE LORDS.
Donegan started playing with traditionell jazzbands like KEN COYLER or CHRIS BARBER in 1954,
his interpretation of LEADBELLYs : ROCK ISLAND LINE recorded with BARBER started the SKIFFLE Scene.
His best time, toped with many hits (around 20) lasted from 1956 till early 1963, when his schoolboys took
over. In the mid 70s he played often in germany too, together with Hamburgs LEINEMANN and re-recorded
around others with RORY GALLAGER, ALBER LEE, ELTON JOHN, ZOOT MONEY, his old beloved Songs.
His latest comeback was MULSKINNER BLUES with VAN MORRISON & CHRIS BARBER in 1999.
Before his dead in November 2002, he recorded (2000) together with V. MORRISON & C.BARBER
The Skiffle Session Life in Belfast.
Maybe he is the biggest influence on Great Britains 60s and 70s Scene.
Style : Skiffle - Folkblues ; R&R ; trad.-Jazz ;
Ken Colyer ; Chris Barber ; Heads Hands & Feet with Albert Lee ; Alexis Korner ;
Leinemann ; Van Morrison ; Rory Gallagher ; Sarstedt Brothers ; Crickets ; ++++
Lonnie Donegan - vocals, guitar, banjo; Van Morrison - vocals;
John Slaughter - guitar, voc.; Chris Barber - voc.,bass, tp.;
Sticky Wicket - drums, washborad; Gary Brooker - piano; Paul Henry - guitar;
Sam Brown, Margo Buchanan, Sonja Jones, Jackie McShee - b-voc.;
Brian Hodgson - bass; Jerry Allison, Gerry Conway - drums;Vic Pitt - ac.-bass ;
Nick Payne - harmonica, whistle; Albert Lee - guitar, organ;
Peter Sarstedt & Eden Kane - b.voc; J.Le Sonnier - accordion; Rufus - fiddle;
Muleskinner Blues (trad. arr: Rogers-Donegan) feat. VAN MORRISON
Please dont call me in the Morning (Donegan-Henry)
Rock Island Line (trad. arr. Donegan)
When I get off this Feeling (Donegan)
Fancy talking Tinker (trad. arr. Donegan)
Im Alabammy bound (trad. arr. Donegan) feat. VAN MORRISON
Stewball (trad. arr. Donegan)
The Welfare Line (Paul Kennerley)
All together now (Peter Sarstedt)
I dont wanna lose you (Paul Griggs)
Poker Club (trad. arr. Donegan)
Spanish Nights (JohnWard)
Always from the Heart (Tony Harper)