West End Festival: Curtis Eller's American Circus
+ Scunner + Les Johnson and Me
Entry Requirements: 18+
Curtis Eller's American Circus: "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 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. This June The American Circus will embark on a tour of the UK in support of their forthcoming, full-length album, "A Poison Melody". This ambitious new recording finds the band augmenting 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."
Curtis Eller's American Circus "The Murder Barn Session": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0k6m0d0CGRUPnHEA39A-Oh6LI3a91FO8
Scunner: Glasgow electric music hall rapscallions, Scunner have been peddling their sinister fairground wares since 2004. A colourful and energetic bunch, who know how to put on a show! Purveyors of Vaudeville Pop or 'Cabarock', the band are celebrating 15 years of existence with all manner of exciting things, prepare to be Scunnered!
Les Johnson and Me: "Somewhere between gentleman Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and Tennessee Ernie Ford with a distinctly Glaswegian twang. LES JOHNSON & ME, THE BRAINCHILD OF ONE KENNY MACDONALD, PERFORM SONGS OF AN EFFORTLESSLY TIMELESS NATURE. OFTEN BACKED BY A SELECTION OF THE WHO'S WHO OF THE WHAT'S WHAT OF GLASGOW'S UNDERGROUND ROOTS SCENE (INCLUDING THE SHIVERIN' SHEIKS, AWKWARD FAMILY PORTRAITS AND HARRY & THE HENDERSONS) AND LED BY KENNY'S UNMISTAKABLE SIGNATURE BARITONE. TAKING INFLUENCE FROM A SPECTRUM OF SOUNDS FROM SUN ROCKABILLY, BLUEGRASS, SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL AND CHURCH HYMNS TO NASHVILLE POP, DOO-WOP, RAGTIME, AMERICANA AND CALYPSO.