4 August 2000
Review by Stephen King
8/7/00 UK: SUPPORT SAVES THE NIGHT FOR CLUBABLE EITZEL.
Markus Sargeant, the driving force behind the Songwriters Festival, has brought an amazing variety of talent to the club over the past fortnight, some never before seen in Birmingham.
It was certainly a first for singer and composer Mark Eitzel, the brains behind the now defunct San Francisco band American Music Club, who was making a debut at the club in an acoustic setting.
Accompanied throughout by Kristin Sobditch on keyboards, Eitzel made the comment that with it being his first solo gig in Birmingham he wanted to be in tune. Unfortunately the first half of the show was troubled by problems with Eitzel's guitar and it was when he borrowed his support Carina Round's instrument that
Eitzel has never been commercially acclaimed but he has an established fanbase, many of whom had travelled some distance to witness this rare gig and hear songs of such quality as I've Been a Mess, Jeff Buckley's To the Sea and others with rather more unusual titles like Johnny Mathis' Feet and Lonely Fairy in the Forest.
Eitzel took limited requests, including Western Sky, when it came to the encores, although certain numbers were clearly off the menu, the announced Clouds becoming Last Harbour
Carina Round had earlier belted out a stunning set of her own songs to the obvious delight of the audience.
Originally printed in the Birmingham Post on 7th August 2000