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Lay Me Low (Christmas 2008)

Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Roots, Folk and Americana circles. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, she entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father. Since then she has released 19 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by such notables as Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, e-town, XM Radio, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dan Fogelberg, as well as with the Woody Guthrie review, Ribbon of Highway-Endless Skyway, alongside the Guthrie Family, Jimmy Lafave, Slaid Cleaves, and special guests Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. (Photo Scott Newton)
With Special Guest Artist Eliza Gilkyson

Recorded live December 2008 at The Carillon, Austin, TX

Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional musical arrangements, piano/vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson


  1. Why Was I Born? (Jerome Kern)
  2. Little Bird (Celtic tune) / “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers (Emily Dickinson, arr. CHJ)
  3. O Sapientia (plainsong chant)
  4. Come, Ye Travelers (Joseph Hart)
  5. Weary of All Trumpeting (Hugo Distler, setting Richard Proulx) / Ekteniya (Einojuhani Rautavaara)
  6. I Don’t Want to Talk About It (Danny Whitten) / Lay Me Low (Shaker song, arr. Kevin Siegfried)
  7. Emmanuel (Eliza Gilkyson)
  8. Alleluia (J.S. Bach)
  9. Deeper and Deeper (Madonna Ciccone) / Veni Emmanuel (plainsong chant) / I Can’t Help Falling in Love (George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore) / Sanctus (plainsong chant)
  10. hope, faith, light, love (Eric Whitacre)
  11. Alles Was Oden Hat (J.S. Bach)
  12. I Ain’t Got No Home (Woody Guthrie) / Hush Little Baby (traditional) / Comfort, Comfort Now My People (G.F. Handel)
  13. Palms of Victory (hymn attributed to Henry Chandler)
  14. Walk Together, Children (arr. Moses Hogan)
  15. Day of Jubilo (Terry Gilkyson)
  16. In the Bleak Midwinter (Gustav T. Holst)
  17. El Desembre Congelat (Catalonian) / Some Children See Him (Wihla Hutson, Alfred Burt)
  18. Child in Me Again (Annie Dinerman)
  19. Children, Go Where I Send Thee (traditional)
  20. This Christmas Night (Malcolm Williamson)
  21. Beautiful World (Eliza Gilkyson) / Silent Night (Franz Gruber)
  22. We Clasp the Hands (CHJ)
  23. Wonderful World (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss)
  24. Emerald Street (Eliza Gilkyson)