Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Nellie Clay (1/19/19)


Two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist Eliza Gilkyson returns to the Old Church with songs from her latest album, SECULARIA, with special guest Nellie Clay opening.

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Eliza Gilkyson last performed at the Old Church in 2015 on the morning her record The Nocturne Diaries was nominated for a Grammy for best Folk Album. It was her second Grammy nomination and that evening was pure magic with the haunting guitar sounds provided by our Most Valuable Player Terry “Buffalo” Ware.

Her latest album, SECULARIA, is out now and the reviews have been fantastic. “Now nearly a dozen records into a fruitful tenure with renowned folk label Red House, Gilkyson is producing the best music of her career,” says the Austin Statesman.

It features a parting duet with our friend Jimmy LaFave along with a stunning performance with the internationally acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), and vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler. Eliza been recording for 50 years and is a singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and  Americana circles.

She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits,  Mountain Stage and has toured  worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.

Eliza’s music offers a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

You would expect nothing less from the daughter of songwriter and folk musician Terry Gilkyson, who wrote the iconic song, The Bare Necessities, and co-wrote one of the songs on SECULARIA, and whose brother is guitarist Tony Gilkyson, who played with the Los Angeles-based bands Lone Justice and X.

Special guest Nellie Clay opens.

Potluck and doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.