The Skiffle Minstrels is a Western Swing dance band. Over the last 15 years they have received multiple popularity and “best of” awards from local publications and music organizations. They are regulars at the Sportsmen’s Tavern and have played everywhere in the Buffalo, NY area from The Colored Musicians Club to Nietzsches – as well as venues and festivals in Central NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The music is a fun, upbeat mixture of country, jazz and blues. The band features the tunes of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Hank Williams, The Boogie Woogie of Louis Jordan, as well as big band tunes with a country kick from Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.
The current lineup includes: Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Jim Whitford on Steel Guitar, multi-instrumentalist Dave Mussen on Clarinet, Midwest Fiddler Chris Jones, veteran jazz and polka drummer Bill Hutchison and original members Phil Knoerzer on guitar and leader Paul Todaro on Upright Bass.