Van Morrison Is ‘Moving On Skiffle’ For New Album Featuring Soulful Single ‘Streamline Train’

Ride with Van on the lead single from his next studio album.

By Nate Todd Oct 25, 2022 2:34 pm PDT

Van Morrison announced a new album, Moving On Skiffle, due out on March 10, 2023. The legendary singer-songwriter previewed the 23-track record with the single, “Streamline Train.”

Moving on Skiffle sees Morrison harkening back to his skiffle roots. Skiffle is a genre of music that was popular in the UK in the 1950s incorporating elements of American musical styles like blues, folk and bluegrass. Morrison spoke about his skiffle days:

“I was still in school when I performed with a skiffle band – a couple of guitars, washboard, tea-chest bass. I was already familiar with Lead Belly’s recordings so when I heard Lonnie Donegan’s version of ‘Rock Island Line’ I intuitively understood what he was creating, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. It was like an explosion. This record retranslates songs from that era.

Chas McDevitt’s book is where to start when it comes to the history of skiffle. From the very beginning with Lead Belly and the jug bands laying the foundations through to Lonnie Donegan’s influence, and Chas McDevitt’s skiffle group, it’s all in there.”

Players on the record include guitarist Dave Keary, bassist Pete Hurley, drummer Colin Griffin, washboard player Sticky Wicket and fiddler Seth Lakeman with Van adding saxophone as well. Preview Moving On Skiffle with “Streamline Train” below:

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