PETER Donegan leads the Lonnie Donegan Band at Pocklington Arts Centre tomorrow in an evening of rock, blues, country, folk, gospel and skiffle.
The surname will be familiar from the late King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, and son Peter has inherited his father’s talent while also finding his own sound.
His philosophy is to both move forward and glance back, and so, having played with his own band since 2006, Peter has decided to take a different musical tack by teaming up with the original Lonnie Donegan Band to record and tour his new album, Here We Go Again.
Peter had been a member of the band in Lonnie’s latter days, playing keyboards and singing vocals.
Now resuming the partnership for Here We Go Again, the band recorded the album at Green Eye Studios in Birmingham, where the sessions featured six new songs by Peter: two co-written with former Lindisfarne frontman Billy Mitchell, another with Alan Franks, and three solo compositions, most notably Duet, Peter’s tribute to Lonnie.
“He inspired me and in searching for what inspired him, I found inspiration there myself,” says Peter. “My father took songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie and brought them forward and we do that same thing for today’s audience.”
As if to underline the shared influences, the album’s storming opener is Guthrie’s Vigilante Man, and further space is found for The Everly Brothers’ Love Is Strange, Lonnie Johnson’s Rocks In My Bed and Lonnie’s Wreck Of Old 97.
In Pocklington tomorrow, Peter’s band will showcase some of these songs, alongside such Donegan Senior classics as Have A Drink On Me, Rock Island Line and Puttin’ On The Style.
Joining Peter on stage will be Chris Hunt on drums, Sticky Wicket on percussion and washboard, Paul Henry on guitar and Eddie Masters on bass.
• Tickets for the 8pm show can be booked on 01759 301547.