Eliza Gilkyson at The Live Room@Caroline Social Club in Shipley
|Doors Open||Friday 23 May 2014 at 7:00 PM|
|Starts||Friday 23 May 2014 at 8:00 PM|
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside legends Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith.
Eliza’s songs have been recorded and performed by such greats as Rosanne Cash, Tom Rush and Joan Baez, who covered Eliza’s song ‘Requiem’. The meditative tune was originally written as a prayer for those who lost lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. It has been nominated for two Grammys on different recordings, and last year won the Edison Award, the oldest and most prestigious Dutch music prize for a choral recording by the Conspirare Choir. Eliza has also won 3 Austin Music Awards and 4 Folk Alliance Music Awards.
The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. As a teenager, she recorded demos for her father, an accomplished songwriter whose songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dean Martin, Johnny Cash (‘Memories Are Made of This’) and the White Stripes (‘Look Me Over Closely’), and whose credits include such standards as ‘Green Fields’, ‘Marianne’ and ‘The Bare Necessities’ (from the Disney film Jungle Book).
Although Eliza tours regularly, she remains an active member of the Austin music community and is involved specifically with water conservation issues and The Worker’s Defence Project, which advocates rights for undocumented workers in the United States. In 2010, she co-founded 5604 MANOR, a community centre in Austin that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.
‘One of the most influential artists on the American folk music scene’ – Maverick
‘Masterfully structured, startlingly intimate songs in a beautifully lived in voice’ - Boston Globe
‘Gilkyson’s signature as an artist is her courage. She lays it all bare, in song and on stage.’ - Austin American Statesman