Eve Goodman : Low Sun EP2017: CEG Records
Eve Goodman is a singer-songwriter from Caernarfon who performs equally comfortably in English and Welsh. Her name is one that has kept cropping up over the last few years as we have researched pieces for this site - for her solo output, her deft way with a traditional song and for the harmonies she has contributed to some of Aled Rheon's best work.
This five track EP brings two of those elements together - there are four self-penned English language songs and a ravishing version of the Welsh folk tune, Dacw 'Nghariad. The EP has been released by North Wales' musicians collective CEG, and to echo the sense of collaboration around the project there is a backing band on most of the recordings, framing Eve's sensitive guitar and honeyed vocals.
The self-written songs are strong. How I Really Feel has a subtle, affecting touch of country, Maps is moving and doleful, whilst its opening couplet demonstrates a fine poetic touch ("We seek shelter in each other, hollow house for rootless lovers"), For Sale is accomplished Americana and Sorry a simple, sad and elegant end-of-love song.
But even amongst all this quality, it is the beautiful, captivating Dacw 'Nghariad that stands out. You can hear why nearly a million views of an earlier recorded version have been gathered on Youtube.
Enabled by the internet there is an endless number of singer-songwriters competing for attention, but the undeniable message of this EP is that Eve Goodman is special; the songs here indelibly spell out that she possesses an unexpected and rare magic.
EVE GOODMAN I Dacw 'Nghariad