Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson

Sun · November 18, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$20/Adv, $25/Door

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Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson
“Notching Eliza Gilkyson’s 20th album, SECULARIA offers the steadfast patience that permeates the veteran folk artist’s tunes like a lighthouse in stormy seas. The singer exudes a poetic wisdom few songwriters achieve, and a timeless quality to the album’s secular hymns hearkens Leonard Cohen.”-Austin Chronicle.

Touring in support of SECULARIA, twice Grammy-nominated songwriter-guitarist Eliza Gilkyson will be joined by the accomplished singer-songwriter-guitarist and fiddler Tracy Grammer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry. Expect an incredible evening, as when we heard her perform songs from her landmark albums Land of Milk and Honey, Roses at the End of Time, Beautiful World, The Nocturne Diaries and Paradise Hotel. Tracks on SECULARIA include songs “Solitary Singer”, ”Lifelines”, ”Dreamtime”, “Through the Looking Glass” and “Reunion”. Folk Radio UK says “as an instrument sounding a clarion call for self-awareness and awakening in a divisive world, Gilkyson is finely tuned and Secularia a career-defining apotheosis. Praise be.”

About Secularia

Folksinger Eliza Gilkyson announces the release of her 20th album, Secularia. The long-awaited follow-up to Eliza’s 2015 Grammy-nominated Nocturne Diaries, Secularia is a collection of songs old and new that reflect Eliza’s ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious beliefs and outmoded ideologies, a more inclusive perspective that encourages accountability and respect for all life in a culture that is struggling to find its way.

Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder (Nocturne Diaries, Red Horse, Roses at the End of Time), with a spare urban folk approach, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder that fit these challenging times. Included are several songs adapted from poems by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson, in the 50s, a duet with the late Jimmy LaFave, along with cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler (Keith Richards, Donald Fagan, Clarence Fountain).

Supporting musicians include Austin hometown favorites Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Warren Hood, Kym Warner (The Green Cards), the internationally-acclaimed Tosca String Quartet (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), Andre Moran, Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton), Betty Soo and more.

“…How much of my life has been built around the gender roles assumed in the God-as-Man theology? How did that primal patriarchal assumption play out in my search for self-awareness, love, and acceptance in my personal life and ultimately in my music? How has it played out in the degradation of the natural world, the ever-present wars, violence against women, human suffering, the potential end of everything? Pioneer feminist Mary Daly said it years ago (paraphrased): “If god is male, then man is god.” [1] Well, that fundamental misconstruction has simply got to go…now is the time, and not a moment too soon.

This musical collection, Secularia, reflects my lifelong commitment to breaking out of the old paradigms and freely pursuing a creative and meaningful life. The fall from grace and redemption of the soul in these songs are less about a deity or afterlife, or a heaven and hell than they are about the very human story of losing and finding oneself within the span of a lifetime, which is all I know for certain I’ve got.”

Eliza Gilkyson

[1] Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation (Boston: Beacon, 1973), 19.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060