Curtis Eller’s American Circus

Monday 07 April 2014 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
£5 Conc / £7 Adv / £9 otd

“Curtis Eller is one of the most eccentric and individual performers in today’s independent music scene. Having spent a decade toiling in the musical sweatshops of New York City, Mr. Eller has resettled in North Carolina and assembled an all new version of his band, The American Circus. The wild-eyed vaudevillian’s banjo-driven, rock & roll songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one. Past recordings have seen a ghastly parade of historical luminaries, from Abraham Lincoln and Buster Keaton to Amelia Earhart and Joe Louis, sharing the spotlight with a host of Civil War generals and corrupt 19th century politicians. After sharpening their skills in the burlesque houses, beer halls and underground theatres of the US, Canada and Europe, the band is returning to the UK with a brand new phonographic recording. This time listeners will be treated to a collection of show tunes, dance fads and gospel music whose lyrics are populated by two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, grave-robbers and forgotten pop-stars. There’s a fictional campaign song for Herbert Hoover, and at least one song about the filth and corruption of the Chicago meatpacking industry of the 1890’s.”


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