Review: Eliza Gilkyson, Glee Club, by Peter Palmer
Returning to the city after a three-year absence, one of North America's most accomplished folk singers performed two solo sets to the kind of intimate audience she values.
Recent prose jottings from Eliza Gilkyson have a dark undertone to them: "I keep writing songs about my dread of the future, illuminated by the beauty of each moment."
And it's those flashes of illumination which account for the intricate light and shade of her latest release, Roses At The End Of Time.
Opening with a visionary Blue Moon Night, Eliza served up a winning selection from her album: some contemplative, some dance-like, others anthemic. She soon had the house whistling and singing along.
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Her brother Tony's song Death In Arkansas struck a spooky chord; the ghost of Townes van Zandt flitted across Midnight On Raton.
Between songs – including hits from 2008 release Beautiful World – she was often very funny. "This is how I earn the money," she quipped, wriggling out of an unwanted shawl without removing her guitar strap. Her story of Canadian bikers, too, had engaging twists and turns.
Eliza finished by premiering a new song from her notebook. A civilised and heart-warming event.