John GorkaMar[masked] - 7:30 PM
John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970s, John was was one of those aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton, and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts.
He began traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like the Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – became his peers.
Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stages of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, E-Townand has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford [masked]).
John Gorka lives in Minnesota, and when not on the road he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters, and clubs all over North America and Europe.
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Time: 7:30 PM
San Dieguito United Methodist Church
170 Calle MagdalenaEncinitas, CA 92024