This band, whose name was adopted and adapted from my then local refuse collection service i.e. ‘Biffa’, sprang into existence from the Revival 2000 Grand Sessions. In the months that I was organising these sessions I began to believe that a market could be created for a ‘good time’ skiffle type band. Some of the contributors to the Revival 2000 Grand Sessions had surprised me with their repertoire selections. These people I knew, or thought I knew, to be die-hard ‘traddies’, (traditional singers and musicians) like Chris Ridley, had popped up with amazing versions of pop songs, ‘Dah-Doo-Ron-Ron’ – ‘The Last Time’ – ‘I Hear You Knockin’ – ‘Somebody Slap Me!’
“Anything goes” was the watchword in our all inclusive, eclectic sessions.
I asked Larry Law and Malcolm James to help me and gave us all Stage Names: I was ‘Silly Biffo’ for obvious reasons. Larry was ‘Growlie Biffo’ because of his deep rich voice, and Malcolm was ‘Shy Biffo’, because he was a bit shy! Stands to reason – right?
So it was quite clear – right at the start -we’d not be a serious musical group – not by any means!
We gathered together a fair old repertoire choosing material from the likes of the great pioneer, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan – and all the old skiffle players and rehearsed our socks off until we knew them all by heart.
Gigs soon followed, in pubs by and large, and we had a ball, jazzing up the various venues with our bright and happy, well known sing-a-long songs. We only lasted a few months through a beautiful summer but we had a great time while we did!
There may even be a few recordings of this group – I’ll have a look in the archives and let you know.
Below is one of our unique publicity posters!