Saturday, May 19, 2007
magine 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. "I’ve never been one to restrict myself to one genre of music," says the Toronto-based singer-songwriter who has performed a seamless blend of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old-time and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington since 1990.
ve's performances are uplifting, intimate and relaxed, and her watercolor voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.
orn in the Boston area, Eve has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts featuring artists like Doc Watson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it took hold, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since.
he has released two albums to widespread acclaim 1998's Ever Brightening Day, and 2003's Crossing the Water, and her instrumental tune Watermelon Sorbet was used for years as the opening theme to Richardson's Roundup on CBC Radio One.
er latest album A Kinder Season features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. Recorded shortly after her mother's death, the album 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.
ve brought her clear, expressive voice and solid guitar-playing to Long Island for what was an uplifting, intimate and engaging evening. This proved to be a rare opportunity to experience the talents of this exciting folk performer at our Hard Luck Café.
Listen to music clips:
and on the same program
ames O’Malley is a gifted and gentle-voiced local singer-songwriter and a two-time finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Competition. This seasoned performer has appeared with Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tracy Grammer, Carolyn Cruso, Tom Pacheco, Caroline Herring, Buddy Mondlock, Janis Ian, Louise Taylor, Chuck Pyle, Cheryl Wheeler, Lynn Miles, Jack Williams, along with many other talented artists. James was selected as one of John Platt's picks for "New Voices" and was recently the featured guest artist at the ISS Songwriter's Showcase.
hrough the years James has performed at such notable venues as The Brokerage, The Red Cedar Soundstage, Café Siné, Berkner Hall, Gerde's Folk City, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City's Town Hall, The Summer Festival at Heckscher Park, radio stations WUSB and WBLI, The Hard Luck Cafe, Mountain Finch House Concerts, and on the college coffeehouse circuit, from New York to Tennessee, from Michigan to South Carolina.
ames honed his songwriting and performing skills as a member of the acoustic group The Braid, in addition to recording for ABC/Dunhill. After having several songs published and covered by various artists, he now has two full-length solo CDs available.
ames writes that: "While in The Braid, ...for years, we four friends developed our skills at songwriting, performing and harmony ...opened for Tim Hardin, opened for Harry Chapin, ...at NY's Town Hall for Ry Cooder and David Bromberg, – I remember Melissa Manchester being a big fan of The Braid when we played at a club called Focus in Manhattan ...recording sessions in Nashville, Tenn., ...appeared on the Ralph Emory TV Show ...Schaefer Music Festival with Larry Coryell ...Exit/Inn (Nashville) with Larry Coryell ...Village Vanguard, Gerdes Folk City with Jack Hardy, and Raun MacKinnon ...recorded for ABC/Dunhill, produced by Sandy Yaguda and Ken Laguna with session players Ken Kosek, Bill Keith, Elliot Randall, Richie Crooks and Donald Brooks and the Irving Spice Strings. We had a good run, lots of fun and great music." ... WOW
ames returned to our Hard Luck Café stage after a much too long three year hiatus; we were very pleased to welcome him back. James made this an evening of exciting music and perfectly complemented Eve Goldberg's performance.
Praises for his performances:
Our host tonight was Bob Westcott,
and our open mike featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...