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REVIEW: Curtis Eller in Sheffield

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Here's a pleasant review of my show in Sheffield.  I have fully recovered and my neck is case you were worried.


REVIEW: Curtis Eller, The Shakespeare

Published Date: 09 April 2009
Curtis Eller has something of the vaudeville huckster about him. He begins standing on a stool slowly pirouetting as he picks at his banjo.
His gangly frame is clothed in twenties-style slacks and braces and his bushy moustache hides a mischievous grin.

He descends and waltzes to the microphone for Taking Up Serpents, a bluesy number which conjures up a mysterious sepia-toned America, complimented with yodelling and high kicks.

Eller waltzes, high-kicks and jigs his way through Sweatshop Fire, When the Soil Fails and Buster Keaton, where we are immersed into a world of Jack Ruby, silent film stars, Fatty Arbuckle, Abraham Lincoln and a circus elephant called Black Diamond, who was executed by Texans in 1929.

He finishes with the moving Save Me Joe Louis. These were allegedly the last words recorded on a microphone put inside gas chambers in the US to see if it was a humane death penalty.

As a finale Eller leaps from his stool, falling flat on his back and nearly knocking himself out – his dedication to his unique brand of art is obvious.

You can read the review online here:
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Occupation: Banjo player, songwriter, rock & roll singer

Gender: Male
Age: 54

My Instruments:
Buckeye (no.113), Bart Reiter (Standard), Gold Star (GF-100FE)

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Elvis Presley, Buster Keaton and Abraham Lincoln

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Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. A twenty-year show business veteran, Eller and his band The American Circus have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of a dozen countries in North America and Europe. Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter who's banjo-driven songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. The American Circus is diligently at work on a new full-length album on which they have augmented their indelicate, rock & roll rhythms with a tempestuous cloud of horns and an graceless choir of backsliders in their quest to bring Eller's historically evocative compositions to vivid, cinematic life.

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