Sappyfest always welcomes its familiar faces, even if the names and monikers change. Saturday's set from EONS was the third time singer and songwriter Matt Cully has played the festival, having performed as part of Bruce Peninsula and the Burning Hell in years past. With Misha Bower providing note-perfect harmonies, the duo's set included sweet and soulful takes on songs from EONS' self-titled debut like "Chair on Fire" and "Brothers and Sisters," as well as new material like "Sight Unseen," a lovely song about a past relationship with a painter.
Yet pretty as it all was, there was urgency to the material as well — a spark of danger that not all quiet folk shows manage, let alone those performed in a darkened theatre under two glowing floor lamps. And it was playful too, never more so than during a fun, wistful cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway."