The Blackjacks (England)
The Blackjacks are an acoustic skiffle duo from York, England, comprised of Mike Wallbank (vocals, guitar) and Pete Lawson (double bass, backing vocals).
Taking their name from John Lennon’s first ever choice of band name, The Blackjacks revisit the sound and style of the 1950s British Teddy Boy scene.
The duo perform skiffle, rock ‘n’ roll and early country tracks to create an authentic skiffle set, recalling the sounds that shook the UK’s coffee bars back in the mid 50s. The boys also play a number of Beatles tracks, giving each one a skiffle makeover to sound in keeping with those early influences that Lennon had in mind when first performing with The Quarrymen.
In their recent reimagining of Let It Be’s ‘One After 909’, the lads considered how Lennon and McCartney would have first pictured the track when they wrote it. Their interpretation of the track is out now out on 7” vinyl and digital download through Vee Tone Records.
Having wowed audiences and converted squares across the country, The Blackjacks will bring a smile to your face and get your feet a-tapping. So look out for these northern skifflers during the week, and dig their raucous rhythm, luscious harmonies and undeniable charm.
Mike Wallbank – Lead Vocal & Rhythm Guitar
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Pete Lawson – Double Bass & Harmonies