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. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts featuring performers like Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it all sank in, 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. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.
Eve's watercolour voice and solid guitar and ukulele style have become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. Her performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic playing. With an equal passion for the craft of songwriting and the art of interpretation, Eve blends new and old influences into a seamless whole.
"As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff!" – Geoff Muldaur
She has released three albums to widespread acclaim -- "Ever Brightening Day"(1998) "Crossing the Water,"(2003) and "A Kinder Season"(2006). Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme for the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup." Her song “The Streets of Burma” was used by Amnesty International Canada as part of its campaign to help free one of the monks arrested following the famous “Saffron Revolution” in 2007.
In addition to being a fine performer, Eve is an experienced teacher who excels at passing on her skills and knowledge to others through private lessons, workshops, and classes. She has taught at colleges, music camps, schools, and festivals, and specializes in teaching adults in community settings.
Eve is one half of the folk/roots duo Gathering Sparks with musical partner Jane Lewis. In a short time, Gathering Sparks has gained a reputation for sparkling harmonies, solid instrumentation (piano, guitar, ukulele, accordion, and banjo), and stellar songwriting. Gathering Sparks was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the year based on their self-titled debut EP. Their first full-length CD, "All That's Real" was released on Borealis Records in September 2019.
Beyond performing and teaching, Eve has been involved in numerous community efforts over the years. She was one of the organizers of The Woods Music and Dance Camp for over twenty years, was a founder of Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto, helped start ArtsCan Circle, served on the board of the Ontario Council of Folk Festival (now Folk Music Ontario), and was the first office manager at Borealis Records.
Recently Eve was recognized with the 2021 Estelle Klein Award for her outstanding contributions to the folk music community in Ontario.
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