Granda Elliot’s Nutcracker December 14, 2008Posted by Mark Folse in Toulouse Street.
Tags: busker, Christmas, Eilliot Small, French Quarter, Grandpa Elliot, harmonica, New Orleans, NOA, street musician, The Nutcraker, William Tell Overture, Xmas
One-time recording artist Elliot Small, better known to visitors to the New Orleans French Quarter as Grandpa Elliot, displays some serious harmonica chops for us on this mixup of a Nutcracker Suite and the William Tell Overture.
This Playing for Change video is now the leading driver of visitors to this site. Grandpa Eilliot is apparently quite an internet celebrity. But internet hits don’t pay the bills, and until he sets up a paypal donation button all I ask is this: if you find yourself Christmas shopping downtown, spare a buck for this street legend. Imagine what the quarter would be like without street musicians (particularly the talented ones).