Eye d’Neau is an enigma rapped in mystery…created as a curse by the French gypsy, Raphe Magnus.
Eye d’Neau pays the bills as a solo singer/ acoustic guitarist performing cover songs from a repertoire of over 200 songs to suit the moods of its audience. For dinner crowds, it starts out with its Gibson ES 335 (played through a Fender Super Reverb amp) and plays jazzy versions of classics, such as George Benson’s “This Masquerade”, Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, George Gershwin’s “Summertime”, and Al Hebb’s “Sunny”. As the crowd loosens up it pulls out its Taylor CE310 (played through a Bose T1 preamp and L1 PA) and plays Matchbox 20; Goo Goo Dolls; Train; Gordon Lightfoot; Talking Heads, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Rolling Stones; Led Zeppelin; Jimi Hendrix; Bob Marley, (ad nauseum). When the audience is looking for something a little special, Eye d’Neau brings out the 12 string Taylor 550 and un-covers Uriah Heep’s “The Wizard”, Moody Blues, “Nights in White Satin”, the Eagles’ “Desperado”, and many more. For country crowds, it does classics such as Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and George Jones’ “The Grand Tour” as well as country-fried versions of Neil Young, Rolling Stones, and Eagles…and of course you can’t play in North Carolina without doing a stomping version of “Wagon Wheel”.
Eye d’Neau has been casting spells since 1985: first in sub-bourbon Washington DC, then Indianapolis, and finally being discovered in the Triangle at places such as Coyote Café, Connelly’s, Rally Point, Mojo’s pub and numerous private parties…often hidden in the midst of the band formerly known as SHMaK. As a solo singer/ guitar player it has played at various cafes in the Triangle, mesmerized brides and grooms at wedding ceremonies, charmed farmers and children alike for 6 years at the Western Wake Famers’ Market, and performed under the nom de guerre, Karl Thor.
Recently, Eye d’Neau has focused on recording and solo acoustic work. Its first album, “Eye d’Neau Who?”, was recorded at Hit City Studios in Indianapolis and tastefully combines the influences of the many artists whose songs are covered in its local performances. This album contains a 50:50 mix of original solo acoustic compositions and studio compositions that include intricate guitar solos layered over a solid rhythm section. Keyboardist and songwriter, Mark Muhlhauser, donated 3 songs that drive a back-and-forth dialog between his keyboards and Eye d’Neau’s guitar that often digresses into a well-choreographed street fight. Lyrics were donated by Michele Kliem-Hausner to the lover’s lament, “Where Have You Gone”. Stylistically, it can be described as psychedelic jazz-country fusion folk rock.
Currently, Eye d’Neau is recording new material. In addition, he and his business partner, Heather Burns, are starting an internet company, Imurj, to promote artists in the Triangle region. It is scheduled to launch in late 2014.