Award-Winning Singer Coming To Macey Center

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Leela Gilday and Band to Perform on Friday, April 28

SOCORRO, N.M. – An award-winning singer-songwriter whose voice reflects the passions of her soul will make her first New Mexico appearance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event.

Leela Gilday, a soulful performer who has a voice that comes straight from the heart, will follow her Socorro performance with two in Albuquerque on Saturday – but the Macey Center concert is the only one she and her band headline.

  Leela Gilday will perform with a full band at Macey Center on Friday, April 28.

“Getting VERY excited to travel to New Mexico for some shows…” Gilday recently posted on Facebook.

The feeling at New Mexico Tech is mutual.

“We are delighted to host Leela Gilday and her band in her premier New Mexico appearance,” PAS Director Ronna Kalish said. “Her songs have a confessional quality, which, combined with her gutsy voice and open stage presence, make for memorable performances.”

Prior to the performance, Tech Club - Club Macey will host a social gathering for adults 21 and over from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. featuring pub mix and nuts, free to all.

Gilday, a member of the Dene nation, is based out of Yellowknife, the capital and only city, as well as the largest community in the Northern Territories (NT) of Canada. The city is named for the Yellow Knives (or Copper Indians), Aboriginal peoples of Canada and one of the five main groups of the Dene indigenous people.

In her heartfelt performances, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner and a traveler into a colorful tapestry that transports her audience as if on a magic carpet ride.


Leela Gilday and Jason Burnstick are two talented instrumentalists and singers who collaborate often. They will be in Socorro on Friday, April 28.



Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards and Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year. She released “Spirit World, Solid Wood” in 2012, followed by “Sedze,” and “Calling All Warriors.”  Her most recent was 2014’s “Heart of the People” which resonates with the heartbeat of the earth and the connection we all have to it as human beings.

“Naturally, Leela’s work has evolved over time” Kalish said. “She shares her life experiences through the stories she relates in her music, where she is able to find a singular connection with the audience.”

Whether it’s an anthem for the oppressed or an upbeat song about mortality, Gilday infuses her songs with a sense of humor, as well as an awareness of social justice and an ironic appreciation of the human folly we all share.

Gilday has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has also played internationally in several countries including Japan, the U.S., Greenland, Denmark and New Zealand. 

Her live stage performances, and many appearances on television and radio, have earned her an important place in the Aboriginal music scene, as well as a loyal mainstream following.

Joining Gilday Friday night is Jason Burnstick, a Plains Cree musician and composer with an arsenal of weissenborns and lap slide guitars. A respected singer and songwriter in his own right, Burnstick is known for his ability to freely move from one style to the next, a fluidity he credits to his musical upbringing.

“Like Leela, Jason is very talented and has developed quite a following,” Kalish said. “He completely lost his voice after a vocal injury in 2013 that required surgery and months of therapy, but gave him an opportunity to step back as a solo singer and explore new challenges.”

One result was the album he recorded and co-produced, “Dream Big, Little One,” a collection of original children’s lullabies artfully blending English, French and Cree lyrics, and winner of the Western Canadian Music Awards for Children’s Artist of the Year in 2016.

Grateful and newly inspired by his full vocal recovery, Burnstick takes every opportunity to perform with Gilday, his longtime friend and peer with whom he shares a musical kinship. He also performs as a blues and folk soloist or with his own band.

Sponsors for The Leela Gilday Band are KUNM, Bob and Kathy Markwell, M Mountain Coffee and The Vigilante Band.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for youth. They are available online at www.nmtpas.org, at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce (10am-4pm, M-F), Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, by calling 575-835-5688 or at the door.

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