The finest of folk

November 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am

Eliza Gilkyson

Folk music is Eliza Gilkyson‘s calling.

From a young age, she played folk music, just like her father. And in the years that have followed, wherever life has taken her, Gilkyson still played.

It’s helped her become one of the traditional folk world’s favorite songsmiths and a busy draw on the touring circuit. Her most recent tour will bring her through this area as the headlining draw for the Ozark Folk Festival, which begins Thursday (Nov. 4) in Eureka Springs and continues through Nov. 6, which is the date of Gilkyson’s performance.

In a recent phone interview with me, Gilkyson talked about the realm of traditional folk music, growing up in a musical family, her process as a songwriter and her recent collaboration with two fellow folk songwriters for the Red Horse project. You can read that story here, if you are a subscriber to our print or online products.

The folk fest that Gilkyson will headline kicks off with a songwriter’s competition in The Auditorium on Thursday. Other events include the Barefoot Ball featuring Big Smith and Cletus Got Shot on Friday (Nov. 5) and Gilkyson’s performance on Nov. 6.

You can see the full schedule of events if you click on the headline of this post.

Admission varies for each show but many are free. Big Smith’s Friday night show is $10, and Gilkyson’s show, with support from Wes Castro and 3 Penny Acre, is $15.

Tickets are available through the festival’s website or by calling 888-855-7823.

The complete events schedule follows:

63rd Annual Ozark Folk Festival

Schedule of Events

Nov. 4

5:30 p.m. — Doors Open

6 p.m. — Hedgehoppers

6:20 p.m. — Youth Talent Show (17 and younger)

7:50 p.m. — Winners announced

8 p.m. — Short intermission with 3 Penny Acre

8:15 p.m. — Adult Talent Show (18 and over)

10 p.m. — Winners announced

Nov. 5

Noon to 6 p.m. — Craft show, Basin Spring Park

12-2 p.m. — Outside The Lines, Basin Spring Park. Free.

2-4 p.m. — Susan Shore and Michael Cockran, Basin Spring Park. Free.

4-6 p.m. — Lyal Strickland and Kim Richardson, Basin Spring Park. Free.

6 p.m. — Doors open, Basin Park Ballroom. $10.

7 p.m. — Cletus Got Shot, Basin Park Ballroom

8 p.m. — Big Smith, Basin Park Ballroom

Nov. 6

10 a.m. — Singer/songwriter contest finals, The Auditorium. Free.

Noon to 6 p.m. — Craft show, Basin Spring Park

12-2 p.m. — Rebecca Loebe and Raina Rose, Basin Spring Park. Free.

2 p.m. — Folk Festival parade, downtown

2-4 p.m. — GBMojo, Basin Spring Park. Free.

4-6 p.m. — The Hill Benders, Basin Spring Park. Free.

6:15 p.m. — Door open for headlining show at The Auditorium. $15.

7 p.m. — 3 Penny Acre

8 p.m. — Wes Castro

8:45 p.m. — Eliza Gilkyson