A Kinder Season

Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg’s head. Goldberg will be performing as part of the “Second Saturday” concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse.
“I’ve never been one to restrict myself to one genre of music,” says the Toronto-based singer-songwriter who performs a seamless blend of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old-time music and jazz. Goldberg is a versatile musician whose pure, refreshing vocals bring a comforting aura to her concerts.
Goldberg says she’s living proof of what happens when you force feed folk music to innocent children.
"My mom was always dragging me off to see some performer or other,” says Goldberg. “At the time I thought it was hopelessly uncool, but now I feel lucky to have been exposed to musicians like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, The Watersons…"
Eve’s mother, Sue Goldberg, was also at the heart of a flourishing folk community in Toronto. When Sue passed away in June 2005, right at the time Eve was supposed be heading into the studio, it was natural that the loss would make its way into her music.
“I wasn’t sure I was ready to record so soon after my mom's passing,” says Eve of making A Kinder Season, “but if I learned anything from this experience, it’s that I am stronger than I thought. And I’m lucky. Lucky to have music that carries me through. And lucky to be my mom’s daughter.”
The resulting album, "A Kinder Season," is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life. Recorded in the months after her mother’s death, "A Kinder Season" fuses Goldberg’s rootsy eclecticism with an emotional candor that may pleasantly surprise her fans.
“My mom’s death was a difficult time in my life, but also very precious. In the midst of this terrible life-changing experience, there were moments of profound joy, as funny as that sounds. And even though none of the songs on the album are directly about her,” Goldberg continues, “there’s definitely a theme about surviving hard times and coming out the other side. Which is not to say the album is depressing, by any means. But it was made when I was very aware of my emotions, very open, and I think you can feel that in the music.”
As an interpreter, Goldberg has amassed a wide-ranging collection of songs from contemporary and traditional folk music sources. But it’s as a songwriter that she truly shines on the new album. "A Kinder Season" is her first album of all-original songs. The album runs the stylistic gamut from contemporary singer-songwriter to bluegrass, swing, improvisational jazz, fingerstyle blues and even hints of rhythm & blues, all with her pure, clear voice, versatile guitar and thoughtful songs at the center.
"I love singing other people's songs or traditional material and sometimes I feel like interpretation is an underappreciated art form," says Goldberg, "but having to write new material got me focused on my songwriting craft. I'm excited about the songs and where they went artistically."
Born in Boston, Goldberg has made her home in Toronto since the early 1980’s. Taking to the stage in 1990, she quickly became a favorite with folk fans across Canada and the U.S. with her watercolor voice, solid guitar style and wide ranging repertoire. Her first two albums, "Ever Brightening Day" and "Crossing the Water," both enjoyed substantial airplay on folk radio across North America and her guitar instrumental “Watermelon Sorbet” was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC Radio show “Richardson’s Roundup.” She’s performed everywhere from house concerts, folk clubs and festivals to the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C. Along the way, she’s earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur and Penny Lang.
Admission to Saturday’s show is $10. For reservations call the Westcott Community Center at 478-8634.

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