Granpa Elliot on a Sunday Morning

I have featured this amazing artist on this blog before. Here he demonstrates a genuine flair for the dramatic.

Grandpa Elliot is a familiar street performer in New Orleans. He is an expert Harmonica player (as you will see in the second video) and has a beautiful voice (in the third). He can often be found outside the gift shop at Royal and Toulouse Street, but will also play outside of Cafe Du Monde and other places throughout the quarter. He is now legally blind, but is well loved, so he finds help to get around the quarter. Make sure to see him when you go to New Orleans and tip him well. He deserves it.

In this video Grandpa Elliot wins the heart of a young fan. This, incidentally is the test of a real harmonica player. Rather than simply playing a pocketful of time worn harmonica riffs on the diatonic, Grandpa Elliot demonstrates that he has a mastery of his instrument as he plays familiar classics.

Grandpa Elliot & Oscar Castro Toulouse Street, New Orleans “Only You”

Published in: on June 20, 2010 at 7:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

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