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The Skiffle Sessions - Live in Belfast 1998

The Skiffle Sessions – Live In Belfast 1998
Van Morrison
Released January 18, 2000
Recorded November 20–21, 1998
Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genre Skiffle
Length 46:25
Label Pointblank
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison chronology

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The Skiffle Sessions – Live In Belfast 1998
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Singles from The Skiffle Sessions – Live in Belfast 1998
  1. "I Wanna Go Home" b/w "New Burying Ground"/"Midnight Special"
    Released: January 2000
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Skiffle Sessions – Live In Belfast 1998 is a live album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). Lonnie Donegan had played with the Chris Barber jazz band when he had his first hit with "Rock Island Line"/"John Henry" in 1955. He had been a childhood influence on Van Morrison, who had first performed in his own skiffle band with schoolmates when he was twelve years old in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This would be Donegan's first studio album in twenty years; reviving his career until his death in 2002.

Recording history

Recorded on November 20 and 21, 1998, at Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1977, Morrison had discussed recording an album of skiffle music with Dr. John, "because I started off in a skiffle group and there must be millions of other musicians who also began their careers playing that kind of music..." In preparation for this recording, he went to see Donegan perform and invited him to dinner and after a second meeting they arranged to record the sessions live.[2] Dr. John, who was playing in concert in the city's Ulster Hall the same evening, arrived toward the end of the recording to play piano on the final few tracks.

Track listing

All songs traditional except as indicated.

  1. "It Takes a Worried Man" – 3:40
  2. "Lost John" – 3:33
  3. "Goin' Home" (Antonín Dvořák) – 3:08
  4. "Good Morning Blues" (Lead Belly, John Lomax) – 2:52
  5. "Outskirts of Town" (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 4:20
  6. "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" – 1:51
  7. "Alabamy Bound" (Buddy DeSylva, Bud Green, Ray Henderson) – 2:22
  8. "Midnight Special" – 2:53
  9. "Dead or Alive" (Woody Guthrie) – 2:33
  10. "Frankie and Johnny" – 4:31
  11. "Goodnight Irene" (Lead Belly, Lomax) – 2:46
  12. "Railroad Bill" – 1:57
  13. "Muleskinner Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn) – 3:06
  14. "The Ballad of Jesse James" – 3:07
  15. "I Wanna Go Home" – 3:46



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Year Chart Position
2000 UK Album Chart 14[3]



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