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Eliza Gilkyson & Cheryl Wheeler together at Great Waters Music Festival

Press Releases - August 9, 2010

Two of the most insightful and compelling of roots-based singer-songwriters combine their great melodies, wit and voices at the Great Waters Music Festival concert on Friday, August 13 at 8pm.

Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In February of 2003, she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.  Eliza is the daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson and grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. She has just released an album, Red  Horse, with John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky.

Stylistically adventurous, her music is filled with wit and spiritual grace. A winning charm informs the veteran Texas-based troubadour’s evocative collection of songs that explore an optimism and love for the world despite its violence and darkness, combining smart, sensual lyrics with upbeat Americana, folk and pop sounds.

Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated as nothing you read or hear from her albums prepares you for how engaging a performer she is.  Seemingly there are two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.

Poet-Cheryl writes achingly honest songs of love and loss. Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, noisome times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence. Comic-Cheryl comes on like Groucho-in-a-housecoat; a fiercely everyday woman with a barbed-wire tongue. Shredding the mores of our gossipy, greedy, trend-obsessed culture, Wheeler always aims enough darts at herself to never seem sanctimonious.

But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you’ve been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows haven’t been recorded – if you have never seen her do a live concert, then by all means do so on August 13th!

Tickets for the Eliza Gilkyson & Cheryl Wheeler concert are on sale now with prices ranging from $18 in section C to $43 for the new up-front cabaret tables.

If you’re a fan of folk, don’t miss the Ninth Annual Great Waters Folk Festival on Saturday August 28 featuring the Red Stick Ramblers, Aztec Two Step, Mindy Smith, Ellis Paul, Anais Mitchell, High Range and Two Fiddles.

Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.  Tickets for all Festival performances are available by visiting the office at 58 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, by calling 569-7710, or online at

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