“Hall is using her experiences and distinctive sense of humor to create a type of performance art that almost defies description.”- Anna Bengel, Backstage.com
“Quirky, Vivacious, and Undeniably Unique…”- Tiffany Martini, Strings Magazine
“Sounds like? Blossom Dearie fronting They Might Be Giants.”– The Philadelphia Enquirer.
“Music to Make You Smile” By Kate Bracaglia
“…the standout of the night is clearly Erin and her Cello – an NYC babe with a spunky personality and crystal clear voice who can rock a cello like it’s a Stratocaster guitar. From the moment she steps on the stage, Erin (full name: Erin Hall) is immediately and effervescently charming. As she bows her cello gracefully, she offers cute, catchy folk rock melodies that occasionally flare up in dramatics, describing the banal and often overlooked details of everyday life – “Irene”, the annoying, long-nailed cashier at Duane Reade, the delicious “tiny buns” at her favorite Chinatown bakery, and the mad frustration of never having enough quarters to wash her towels regularly. (“I live in NYC, and to wash you have to pay,” she croons.) There’s a childishness and playfulness to her performance, especially on numbers like “Subway Crush” –describing the sexy mysterion on the Number 3 train—and “Un Petit Problème”, an adorable French number where she details (in French!) her nerves about telling a crush how she feels.
Hall is joined by Jeanina Butterfield on violin and Jean-Paul Norpoth on guitar, but really, it’s impossible to take your eyes off her. For her final number, “Sober”, she has the audience sing along to the chorus:
“I love you sober
And I love you hung over
I don’t need whiskey
To let you hug and kiss me”
The crowd joins in merrily, and the show ends on a happy note. This is comedic rock at its finest – delivering a smile to every face in the crowd.
From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Remember that cute girl who lived in the next dorm over, the one you used to see on the subway with her cello or scribbling in a notebook in the laundromat? Remember how it was always a lift to talk to her and hear her talk about Chinese food or the clerk with the skeevy long nails at the pharmacy? It was only long after that you realized you were madly in love with her, but even that pang of nostalgic loss made you feel oddly happy. Cellist and singer Erin Hall’s exquisitely crafted, quirky pop songs provide the soundtrack to those kinds of reveries. Yep, she writes about the pharmacy clerk and delicious Chinese buns, and one of her best is a bluesy ode to delights of fresh, clean towels. In short, she knows what’s important. Sounds like? Blossom Dearie fronting They Might Be Giants. She performs with her band Erin and Her Cello on a bill with Josh McIlvain’s similarly skewed electronica-folk combo Sexcop and the ukulele-powered one-girl group Sweet Soubrette at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-222-1400
“Erin is a hilarious chic with a sense of humor as finely tuned as her cello…she wields her bow with the same wit and savvy that a satirist wields his pen!”-Doug Wright, playwright, 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama, I Am My Own Wife
“Hall plays the cello, and her act encompasses a vibrant mix of music, comedy, and theatre. Her songs cross many genres, including heavy metal and the blues. Her lyrics run the gamut between the sublime and the ridiculous, but she draws audiences with her ability to describe ordinary experiences in ways that are both poignant and funny.” –Anna Bengel, Backstage.com
“She employs her knack for storytelling, acting, and musicianship to bring the stage to an entirely unique performance that is working in her favor.” – Tiffany Martini, Strings Magazine
“Erin’s sound is one of dynamic contrasts. Her songs may be ironic at times, but her voice is not. It’s true and soulful and lush, like an old fashioned torch singer.”—Eugene Melino, NewSun.com