Oct 022014

Atlanta “grass ‘n roll” group Seven Handle Circus recently took to a sunny street corner in New Orleans to record a live cover of A-ha‘s classic ’80s hit. Outfitted with guitar, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and call-and-response vocals, the band lends the song a breezy sensibility befitting the performance’s street-side setting.

Despite their audience consisting primarily of a few confused passersby, Seven Handle Circus is clearly having a blast. Check out the video– you’ll hardly even miss the Norwegians or the wacky excursion to inside a sketchbook.

(And if you find yourself still craving some ’80s music given the string-band touch, consider revisiting the Punch Brothers’ excellent Cars cover from a couple of years ago.)

Check out more from Seven Handle Circus at their website.

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  1. This is very similar to the version form the “Pickin’ On” Series. does anyone know who the band was on that version? http://youtu.be/CSvz9VaBjqQ

  2. That’s not just “a New Orleans street corner,” that’s Tipitina’s front stoop – holy ground, indeed. :)

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