When: Friday, March 1st Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 7 pm and show starts 7:30 pm. Suggested Donation: $22 at the door and DOS, $20 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Please bring a snack to share if you feel so inclined. It would be welcomed. Some beverages provided, but you may also BYOB
As we begin the new year, I would like to invite you to think about those who have less and bring a canned or dried good to be donated to Iron Gate Food Ministry, and it will be designated for those who have been affected right here in Tulsa by the crackdown on immigration. Thank you for your generosity.
Eliza Gilkyson- Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.Eliza’s music has always offered 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.”
Eliza’s 2018 release is SECULARIA, a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times. The new collection features a stunning performance with the acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, cameos with Shawn Colvin, gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as several songs adapted from poetry by her grandmother Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson.
On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world.
Even her darkest moments are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive.” ~ All Music Guide
Ben Bedford- “Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
"Ben Bedford isn't gunning for poet laureate of Illinois but if ever there was an equivalent honor for a singer-songwriter he'd have to be in the running." -Roy Kasten, The Riverfront Times-St. Louis
“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.” –Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To me there's something special about a songwriter who in a few words paints pictures of unbelievable depth and clarity. Ben Bedford to me is something special!" -No Depression
KC Clifford- K.C. Clifford is a three-time Woody Guthrie Award-winning folk singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City. Music has always been a guiding force in Clifford’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. She was two when she first sang in public and composed her first song at age seven. Early influences included artists such as Paul Simon, Carole King, The Beach Boys and the popular bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, founded by her father in the late 1960s.
The two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist studied opera at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, but found her true voice in folk music while earning a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville. Shortly after graduating, Clifford released her first full-length album, Times Like These, to critical acclaim in 2000. Her career continued to blossom with the release of her sophomore album, Teeth-marks on my Tongue, in 2004 and Pockets Full of Hope, recorded live at Oklahoma City’s historic venue The Blue Door in 2008.
In March 2009 she wrote an anti-hunger anthem for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma called “Raise Your Voice.” Food banks across the country were soon requesting live performances at food drives, and a year later the song was chosen as the theme for CROP Hunger Walk, a worldwide public awareness campaign led by Church World Service to help end hunger.
By her own admission, K.C. turned a corner in her craft with the writing, recording and release of her 2010 album, “Orchid”. A confessional album written over the course of one year, the 10-song set is led by the first single, “Broken Things,” and includes fan favorite “Songbird.” Also of note from Orchid is the moving epic “Story of Our Own,” written for the internationally acclaimed documentary “Finding Hillywood” about the rise of filmmaking in post-genocide Rwanda.
K.C.’s latest release, “The Tag Hollow Sessions,” was written in seclusion, at a remote Northeast Oklahoma cabin by Lake Spavinaw in an area known as Tag Hollow. The cabin – named Gleneyrie after her paternal grandmother, Glennes – was built by her great-grandparents in 1933. Clifford retreated to Gleneyrie following months of intense nationwide touring in support of her 2010 album, Orchid. The solitude reenergized her creative spirit. The cabin and its history became her muse.