Just in time for Christmas the new CD "Crowd Favorites" from The Skiffle Minstrels is now available! Contact Paul Todaro at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Chillin Gotta Dance, Austin Dam, Wonder Why, Louisiana Texas, Western Swing Thing, and All Night Diner. Release date (so far) is late in 2020!
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
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 popular Western Swing band The Skiffle Minstrels have launched a trio version of the group. Dave Mussen on Guitar and Clarinet, Chris Jones on Fiddle and Guitar and Paul Todaro on Upright Bass and vocals offer Western Swing classics and jazz standards in a light, loose and compact style. The trio is scheduled to appear at Buffalo's Duende at Silo City this spring.
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.
The Skiffle Minstrels were voted Best Band of 2018 by the Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation tying with The Kensingtons.
Thank you SAMF!
The Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation has nominated The Skiffle Minstrels as the "best band" of 2018. The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony on October 15th at Sportsmens Tavern. Good Luck!
Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation's show Live From Black will air on WWBZ local TV in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday June 21st at 6:30 PM and Thursday 6/23 at 10:30 PM. This Pilot episode features performances by The Skiffle Minstrels and Leroy Townes.
on January first, 2016 The Skiffle Minstrels' big band sound got a little bigger. Please welcome Dave Mussen on the Clarinet and Jim Whitford on Steel Guitar. The great Gary Meixner and his Steel Guitar will also make several appearances with the band. Western Swing on!