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.