New Year's Eve Swing Dance! 

The Skiffle Minstrels, Swing Buffalo, and 42 North Brewing are teaming up to Swing/Ring in the new year. Free dance lessons with Swing Buffalo 8-9, Live music with The Skiffle Minstrels 9-12:30, Prizes and complimentary champagne toast from 42 North - plus all that great Beer! Only $10 at the door after 9. Have an old fashioned New Year's Eve at 42 North: 25 Pine Street, East Aurora, NY

Western Swing Piano! 

Judd Sunshine, veteran Buffalo musician joins The Skiffle Minstrels on 12/9/22 with that all important Western Swing instrument the Piano. The Western Swing Happy Hour, now in its second decade happens on the second Friday every month at the legendary Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, New York.

CD Release Party! 

After the success of the presale campaign in 2020, The Skiffle Minstrels fourth CD "Crowd Favorites" is ready for the long awaited CD Release party - Saturday, November 13th, 7-10 PM at The Cave in Buffalo, NY. One night only: The 20 track CD will be available at half price ($10)

Skiffle Stocking Stuffer! 

Just in time for Christmas the new CD "Crowd Favorites" from The Skiffle Minstrels is now available! Contact Paul Todaro at

Fourth (and fifth!) Album from The Skiffle Minstrels 

With live shows on hold indefinitely, The Skiffle Minstrels are recording their fourth record in a creative, covid friendly way. The rhythm section: Paul Todaro/bass, Phil Knoerzer/guitar, and Bill Hutchison/drums recorded 21 titles at two sessions in August with one engineer (Gary Holt). Social distancing was practiced and a great live feel was captured - all three played together and the vocals were done at the same time for an authentic sounding Western Swing experience. Soloists Jim Whitford/steel guitar, Chris Jones/fiddle and Dave Mussen/clarinet will record their tracks from home to be mixed into 2 new records. Fifteen tunes will be pressed on CD and called (so far) "Crowd Favorites." The titles include Miles and Miles of Texas, There Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens and Bob Wills classics like That's What I Like About the South and Take Me Back to Tulsa. A six tune EP called (so far) "Skiff-Originals" will be available online. Titles include brand new recordings (first with the current line up) of All God's Chillun Gotta Dance, Austin Dam, Wonder Why, Louisiana Texas, Western Swing Thing, and All Night Diner. Release date (so far) is late in 2020!

Sportsmens Park 

The New Sportsmens Park opens on August 4th 2019 with Ameripolitan Day!

Doors open at 1:00

The Skiffle Minstrels 2:00

The Steam Donkeys 3:00

The Lustre Kings 4:00

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun 5:15

Dale Watson 6:45 - 8:30

$20 presale. $30 at the door

Ameripolitan Day 

In 2018 the National Ameripolitan Music Awards named Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY the best venue on the planet for Honky Tonk, Outlaw Country and Western Swing. Now Dwane Hall and the Sportsmens family celebrate the opening of a new outdoor venue on August 4, 2019 with Ameripolitan Day. Buffalo's The Skiffle Minstrels and the Steam Donkeys open the show for The Lustre Kings, Bill Kirchen and Dale Watson!

The Skiffle Minstrels Trio 

The popular Western Swing band The Skiffle Minstrels have launched a trio version of the group. Dave Mussen on Clarinet, Chris Jones Guitar and Paul Todaro on Upright Bass and vocals offer jazz standards in a light, loose and compact style. The trio is scheduled to appear at Buffalo's Duende at Silo City this spring.

Kristyn Harris and Hailey Sandoz 

Paul Todaro (Bass Fiddle) and Skiffle Minstrels emeritus Gary Meixner (Lap Steel) will back the Texas duo at a Cowboy Christmas event for charity in Eden, NY on 12/7/18. Kristyn and Hailey have won multiple awards and traveled the globe playing Western Swing.