Eliza Gilkyson, Nina Gerber bring 'Secularia' to The Palms on Wednesday, Sept. 26

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Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist Eliza Gilkyson is one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. She’s toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as with the Woody Guthrie revue “Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway.” She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and has won numerous Austin Chronicle music awards. Joan Baez included her song “The Great Correction” on her new album. Gilkyson has a new album of her own, and will play an album release show in support of “Secularia” at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Wednesday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m. Guitarist Nina Gerber will accompany. Tickets are $24. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose credits include “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book,” Eliza Gilkyson entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father and singing with him on several of the songs he wrote for Walt Disney projects. Since then she has released over 20 recordings of her own. In addition to Joan Baez, who has covered several of Gilkyson’s songs, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash have paid Gilkyson the ultimate singer-songwriter compliment of covering Gilkyson’s haunting, thought-provoking songs. Her song “Requiem,” written for the Asian tsunami victims, has become a choral standard and is used as a spiritual prayer by churches and communities worldwide; Choral group Conspirare included it on their Grammy-nominated album. Gilkyson released “Secularia” in July. Her first album since “The Nocturne Diaries,” which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2015, “Secularia” is in the classic folk music tradition of offering a vivid reflection of the times in which we live. The album is a collection of spiritually charged songs that don’t fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs and challenge us to embrace a more inclusive perspective, to respect all life and to be accountable for our actions in these divisive times. The album features performance with the internationally acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler, a duet with her dear friend, the late Jimmy LaFave, and two songs adapted from poetry written by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, co-written with Gilkyson’s father. Recorded with what she calls a “spare urban folk approach,” the album features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder. Guitarist Nina Gerber will accompany Gilkyson. Gerber first made a name for herself as folk music icon’s Kate Wolf’s indispensible accompanist. Since then, Gerber has toured and recorded with a number of noted acts including Dave Alvin and Chris Webster. A gifted musician in her own right, Gerber’s skills as an intuitive accompanist adds new dimensions to shows. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, elizagilkyson.com and ninagerber.com. ]]>

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