TUE, June 24, 7 pm doors
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave,
(503) 234-9694; $30
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 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 such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash.
Gilkysons’ latest album, The Nocturne Diaries, was recorded in her hometown of Austin, Texas at her son’s, Cisco Ryder, studio. As a poet and an interpreter of our times, the songs journey through the dark night of the soul to the light of dawn. Gilkyson told The Examiner that her current favorite is “Midnight Oil” a letter to the future and to her grandchildren, an acknowledgment of the kind of world they have inherited and an encouragement to stay sentient and hopeful, with the possibility that “come tomorrow maybe a new world’s born when we ride the old one down.” She continues to remind us of the redeeming spirit of humans and that we always have love, gratitude and hope.
Before coming to Portland Gilkyson is touring in the United Kingdom. When asked about the ups and downs of a traveling musician she said, “I have been playing UK and Europe for about 13 years, so I have built a nice following. I love visiting places and playing live, but the physical act of travel is the hard part.”
She spends a lot of time on the road and misses her children and grandchildren who she feels she, ”doesn’t get to see enough of them, …but it goes with the territory. I love my job, so I will probably keep doing it as long as I can.”
Eliza Gilkyson brings a lot of live to her performances. She’s an accomplished musician and a concerned citizen of the world who has something to share. For an evening not to be forgotten, see the Eliza Gilkyson – The Nocturne Diaries, show.