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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Who played at the Skiff Inn?

I was reminiscing with an old friend last night about Sunday nights in the Skiff Inn at Derwenthaugh in the early 1960s. 

We all made our own way there by various routes. Mine was by bus to Scotswood and then a walk across the Chain Bridge trying not to look down at the river through the gaps in the wooden planks of the walkway. 

We usually got a lift home with Johnny the drummer in his Hillman Husky and I always seemed to end up nursing his drum kit in the back. Briefly, after Alan Price left the Animals, he used to join us at the Skiff. 

To get to the point neither of us can remember whose band we went to see. I wonder if you or your followers can help?
Alf Stone.

3 comments :

Gordon Solomon said...

I remember depping there once with the Clem Avery Jazzmen, but the drummer was Gordon Herrick. Incidentally I had a Hillman Husky at that time.....
Gordon Solomon.

Tommy Henderson said...

Interesting story about the Skiff Inn at Derwenthaugh, My dad played piano there for years
when we lived there,Always full of sailors from the ships being loaded at the staithes. This was in the 1930's & 40's I think its the only place left standing now!
Tommy Henderson Sunday 23 feb. 2020

Lance said...

Valerie McDowell recalls going to The Skiff with her late husband Jim to hear the Jimmy Miller Trio. Jimmy Miller was one of the great northeast (via Scotland) pianists who, somehow or other, seems to have been overlooked in the mists of time. It would be great to have his status restored to local jazz folklore. I personally recall him playing at The Blaydon Races - a pub now long gone - just up the road from The Skiff - near Stella Power Station. I recall Dave Hedley singing Tangerine and Ray Jobling on bass.

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