LIVE: Curtis Eller

15/04/2009

Alison Emm went to see Curtis Eller at The Maze


Curtis Eller (right) accompanied by a friend on accordion (left)
Curtis Eller (right) accompanied by a friend on accordion

Who could resist the draw of a man who proclaims to be New York’s angriest yodelling banjo player?  Not me, that’s for sure.  I did note, however, that although The Maze was busy, it seems more than one of Nottingham’s population had been able to suppress themselves... more fool them. 

Curtis Eller is a sight to behold when he comes on stage; a tall, gangly man with a head of unruly curls, a moustache that any man would be proud of and a fine pair of braces to keep his trews up. His weapon of choice is not that of many modern musicians but he wields it well.  Ignore any preconceived notions of hillbillies duelling by the river as this is not what Mr Eller’s banjo playing is about.   

Moustached maestro Curtis Eller
Moustached maestro Curtis Eller

Bounding around The Maze’s stage with more energy than a four year old, his ability to high-kick mid-song makes The Pussycat Dolls look like clumsy oafs.   A man of balance, he even dared do it whilst on a stool for a couple of songs; the man has skills.  During the evening he sheepishly apologised to the audience that he had forgotten his kazoo only to have one lobbed on stage by Nottingham’s own Joey Chickenskin.  This was a gesture that Curtis Eller seemed to wholly appreciate until he blew into it  and realised it sounded more like a deflating balloon than a musical instrument.  Not put off by bad British design, Eller replaced all kazoo parts with yodels, a more than satisfactory result (yes, even yodelling can be made palatable by this man).  

His music is (sort of) of the blues/punk/folk/rock variety and as a solo artist he fills not only the stage but the whole room with his presence.  Such is the strength of his voice that even when he sang his first song partially without the microphone, you could barely tell the difference.  His songs are like illustrated stories that his music colours as they progress: Tales of circus elephants, Buster Keaton, bygone American Presidents, his daughter and boxers were all told throughout the evening. 

Curtis Eller is officially my favourite live act; he is funny, engaging and asks nothing more than for his audience to be part of the spectacle.  He knows a good tune, he can sing it crystal clear and he’ll make you laugh between songs.  

Curtis Eller played Cosmic American at The Maze on Wednesday 8 April 2009.


Curtis Eller website
The Maze website
Cosmic American website

 

 

Share this article



Ads by Google


Comments


comments powered by Disqus

Share Tools

Go to comments Read comments and make your own

LeftLion Magazine

Read our entire archive online

LeftLion Magazine
more info

Most read this monthalt

  • LeftLion Magazine #64
    With Shelter Point, Aisling Loftus, Dawn of the Unread, Grey Hairs, City of Football, Ada Lovelace, Time To Talk, Philip George, DJ Blender and more
  • A Canadian at London 2012
    "I want to lose myself in the joyous atmosphere of the world’s middle class getting together to cheer on its fastest and best at throwing heavy objects"
  • Get Creative Launches
    Nottingham is booming when it comes to creative events, from multi-million pound galleries to grassroots spaces
  • Dawn of the Unread and Illiteracy in UK Kids
    "How do you engage modern readers obsessed with their phones? What happens when taste is dictated by supermarkets?"
  • Nottingham Forest Ladies FC
    "I think there'll come a day when the professional woman won't have to have a part-time job to sustain her football career"
  • LeftLion Magazine #65
    With Ferocious Dog, Mhairi McFarlane, Ned Ludd, Nottingham Castle, Pleasfest, Chris Adcock, Percydread, Holly Lucas, 2Magpies Theatre, David Lilley and more
  • Depression - Time to Talk Day
    "Having a bad stomach will get you a few days off work, where people with mental illness are expected to get on with it"
  • Au Revoir, Psycho
    "He gave us twelve years. We gave him six months"
  • Notts What I Call Music Vol. 2 - Submissions Open
    Calling all Notts musicians. Want your music on the 2015 'Best of Notts' compilation from LeftLion?
  • Left Pie-On: February
    "We've got potential to do better, but for now our campaign has come down to securing another fifteen points at the earliest opportunity"

LeftLion on Facebook

 

Event Listings alt

There aren't any tickets available for sale. view all events

Ads by Google