Eliza Gilkyson will make her Sundilla debut on Thursday, October 9. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30. Admission at the door is $15, but a limited number of advance tickets are available for just $12; these can be found at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, and online at www.sundillamusic.com. There will be free coffee, tea, water and food available at the show, but attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.
Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have been used in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.
Eliza has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in the company such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year.
Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Eliza’s meditative “Requiem,” written as a prayer for those who lost their lives in the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, was recorded by the internationally recognized choral group Conspirare, whose version was nominated for a Grammy and won the prestigious Edison Award in Europe. The song has become a standard in choir repertory the world over. Two of her songs appeared on Joan Baez’ Grammy-nominated CD, Day After Tomorrow. In addition to touring in support of her previous release, Roses at the End of Time, in 2011 and 2012 Eliza and label-mates John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky performed as “Folk Super Trio” Red Horse, a side project whose CD stayed for months at the top of the Folk Music Charts. In 2014 Eliza was invited to contribute a track on the Jackson Browne tribute, Looking Into You, along with Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt and others. Her March 2014 release on Red House Records, The Nocturne Diaries, produced by her son Cisco Ryder, is a restless contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears.
Grammy Award Nomination – Best Contemporary Folk Album (Land of Milk and Honey)
Austin Music Award – Best Folk Artist (Roses at the End of Time)
Austin Music Award – Best Songwriter
Austin Music Award – Best Female Vocalist
Austin Music Award – Best Folk Band
Austin Music Hall of Fame Induction – 2003
Folk Alliance Music Award – Album of the Year (Paradise Hotel)
Folk Alliance Music Award – Song of the Year (“Man of God” – Paradise Hotel)
Folk Alliance Music Award – Best Solo Artist
Folk Alliance Music Award – Best Contemporary Artist