Skiffledog (aka Hilton Valentine) | It's Folk 'n' Skiffle, Mate!

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It's Folk 'n' Skiffle, Mate!

by Skiffledog (aka Hilton Valentine)

Original Animals guitarist, Hilton Valentine has picked up his acoustic once again- Reminiscent of early Donovan,(he covers 1 of his songs)you finally get to hear the voice behind those famous opening arpeggios to his Number 1 hit, House of the Rising Sun
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Looking To The Sun Skiffledog
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2. Run Run Run Skiffledog
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3. For John Skiffledog
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4. Wreck Of The Old '97 Skiffledog
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5. Working Class Hero Skiffledog
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6. Probably 3rd Street Skiffledog
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7. Diggin' My Potatoes Skiffledog
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8. Peace Skiffledog
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9. River Tyne Skiffledog
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10. Ballad Of A Crystal Man Skiffledog
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SKIFFLEDOG IS HILTON VALENTINE.

Hilton Valentine is best known for his work as the guitarist with the sixties British Invasion group, The Animals: most notably, his opening arpeggios in 'House of the Rising Sun.' To quote the book Fuzz and Feedback - Classic Guitar Music of the '60s, ''Undoubtedly what sold 'The House Of The Rising Sun' was an arresting arpeggiated solo guitar introduction that traced a brooding Am/C/D/F/Am/E/Am chord sequence. The intricacies of the performance were dissected by guitar students the world over. Even today the riff still occupies a place, somewhere around stage three, in the great 12-Step Mastering The Guitar programme.''

Hilton made his name in rock and roll, earning himself a world wide number one hit, nine additional top 40 hits, gold records, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his handprint in Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame, but his beginnings were based on folk.

He fronted his very first skiffle band at the age of 13. This is the music he would always return to. Even when he was touring the world playing rock and roll, at home he'd take out his acoustic and revisit the old skiffle music and write folk songs.

He's back to his roots again with a new studio recording of original acoustic music with some old skiffle thrown in. Having received airplay from several BBC Radio stations in the UK and in his home state of CT it has been well received by their listeners and fans all over the world. BBC Radio Scotland's senior producer, Stewart Cruickshank has this to say: ''Genius Animals guitarist returns to roots in fine style. A fine selection of material, which we'll be playing frequently in weeks and months to come. His own songs more than stand up to Mr. Lennon's and Mr. Leitch's.''


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Glenn

Great folk album!!
A great acoustic album with hushed vocals by the guitarist from the Animals. The guitar playing is a lesson for all those who aspire to play folk music. While most of the songs are originals, the traditional selections and covers are good choices. The music and vocals are reminiscent of Donovan in his early folk stage (one of my favorite periods). If you are a fan of good folk/acoustic music, you would do well to buy this album. Highly recommended!

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dreamyand awesome voice
best folk music i have ever heard

Stuart Cruickshank - BBC Radio Scotland

Animals guitarist returns to roots in fine style.
Animals guitarist returns to roots in fine style. A fine selection of material, which we'll be playing frequently in weeks and months to come. His own songs more than stand up to Mr. Lennon's and Mr. Leitch's.

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great voice great songs
going to go far this skiffle dog

reviewer

great voice great songs
going to go far this skiffle dog

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great voice great songs
going to go far this skiffle dog

Alexey

Good job
What do you expect from the Animals' guitar guy? Yes, what you expect - get it. Good guitar work and excellent melodies. Enjoy !



emotional, compelling and beautiful



great voice, great guitar player

barry swank

What a great little album..Hilton's folky and soulful voice, good songs
I wish Hilton could have come up with a couple more originals ...he has some good ones here along with a couple cover songs and a traditional or two. A folky but soulful voice tells the stories well! Then he does his thing with the guitar, this time more acoustic picking with just a hint of electric in the songs is very pleasing to the ear. A great job on Skiffledog which I'll rate at at least 4 out of 5 stars...bring on the next album, Mr. Valentine, I'll be waiting!!!
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