John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson together as RED HORSE
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Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky come together as Red Horse on this brand-new collaborative project from three of the most revered songwriters in folk music. Inspiring and paving the road for countless musicians and songwriters on the road today, having these three talents converge on one record is a folk fan's dream album. Red Horse's sparse instrumentation allows these three distinctive voices to carry the magic of the music that is awash in great harmonies and songwriting. Each of these legendary singer/songwriters solos on classics first made famous by the other two members. Lucy gives a haunting performance of Eliza's   "Sanctuary," John takes the lead on Lucy's "Don't Mind Me" while Eliza performs John's "Forget to Breathe" which has never been released on Red House before. Red Horse showcases new material from all three, covers they have never before recorded as well as revisiting and rearranging a couple of early classics. Red Horse is the result of three veteran songwriters and good friends coming together to make music. With Red Horse Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky give us a collection of songs that solidifies their place as three of folk music's great songwriters.



Important Red Horse links:   Click here for the website of Lucy Kaplansky
    Click here for the website of Eliza Gilkyson
    Click here for the website of John Gorka
    Click here for the website of the tour agent
    Click here for the website of Red House Records

Red Horse at Falcon Ridge July 2011....Photo: Neale Eckstein

 

 

John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson together on the new CD "Red Horse"

April 1, 2010

“I’m going to do a project with Lucy and Eliza that should come out later this year,” John says. “We’re calling ourselves ‘Red Horse.’ The harmonies and voices will be the focal point.” (article "Folk singer feeling right at home" April 1, 2010)

Later this year, Gorka will release a collaborative album with Lucy Kaplansky – with whom he’s been working off and on since 1985 – and Eliza Gilkyson, both of whom appear with Gorka, though not together, on “So Dark.”
( article: "Folk singer feeling right at home" The Patriot Ledger (April 1, 2010)

“We’ll be doing a number of songs with each of us as the main singer. The record’s going to be called ‘Red Horse,’” Gorka said. “Eliza had done a show in New York last year with Lucy and Cliff Eberhardt, and I think it was the first time they got to sing together. I think Eliza also heard how Lucy and I sound together, and I think she was the one who probably suggested we do this.”
(article "Folk singer feeling right at home" April 1, 2010)

   

 

 

John Gorka's Occasional Newsletter ....April 22, 2010

There's a new project in the works, "Red Horse," a collaboration with Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky. Production is now quite advanced as I write this. We're hoping it will be all finished next month and out sometime in the summer. We will each take the lead on 4 songs. I will sing a Lucy song, an Eliza song, the Stewart MacGregor song Coshieville and a new one of mine. Lucy and Eliza will each be doing one of mine and one of each other's songs and a song from outside of the group. We are in the process of adding harmonies at the moment and will get together on Monday in Minneapolis for a group picture and to work out our parts on the last few songs.

Singer-Songwriter Tom Russell painted the cover picture. Thank you Tom.

It has been a great pleasure working with Lucy and Eliza on this project and we hope to take the "Red Horse" out to do some live shows in the near future.

 
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Click here and you will hear John talking about the "Red Horse" project: 45 seconds on WNKU (Northern Kentucky University), feb 22, 2010


Later this year, Gorka will release a collaborative album with Lucy Kaplansky – with whom he’s been working off and on since 1985 – and Eliza Gilkyson, both of whom appear with Gorka, though not together, on “So Dark.”

“We’ll be doing a number of songs with each of us as the main singer. The record’s going to be called ‘Red Horse,’” Gorka said. “Eliza had done a show in New York last year with Lucy and Cliff Eberhardt, and I think it was the first time they got to sing together. I think Eliza also heard how Lucy and I sound together, and I think she was the one who probably suggested we do this.”

(article "So Dark You See: The Music of John Gorka " April 1, 2010)

 


This is a (photoshopped) photo made by Jos van Vliet


Lucy Kaplansky on her Myspace blog (2010):

 

 

I’m very very excited to tell you about a collaboration I’m involved with: I’m making an album with my good friends John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson!!! I adore both of their songs and their singing and we’re working on a trio CD that should be out this summer. I don’t want to reveal too much about it yet, but I can tell you it’s going to be relatively stripped down in terms of instrumentation and that and it’ll be a mix of original songs and covers with lots and lots of harmonies. The name of our group is “Red Horse.”.... .. ..

I’m ecstatic to get to work with John and Eliza, and I’ll keep you posted with more specifics as we get closer to the release date. We’ll also be doing some trio shows starting this summer.

 




John Gorka about the "Red horse" project in the Facebook interview.

April 21, 2010
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Roch Parisien: Community with your peers has always seemed important to you John. You've done excellent covers of other people's songs, and many of your peers have covered yours. You always have a coterie of fine guests dropping in on every album...on this latest, the excellent Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky, for example...

John Gorka: One of my all time favorite things about playing music has been the people I have gotten to meet and sing and record with. I'm working on a record with Lucy and Eliza called "Red Horse". We're doing each others' songs, one of our own and an outside cover.

Roch Parisien: Excellent! What's the projection for completing that and having it out?

John Gorka: We are hoping to have it all mixed and mastered next month and out sometime in the summer.

Roch Parisien: Do you find that these kind of collaborations help keep the creative juices flowing for you? And can we ask what the outside cover is?

John Gorka: What I mean by an outside cover is that we will each record a song that none of us has written. I will do an Eliza song, a Lucy song, one of mine and a song Archie Fisher recorded "Coshieville" by Stewart MacGregor. I'm hoping I spelled SM's name correctly.

Roch Parisien
: So the standard, nearing the end, "what's next for John Gorka?" question...You were just in the studio recording today! What's the inside scoop? What's coming up live and recording-wise for you?

John Gorka: I was working on the "Red Horse" record this morning. I think you'll be hearing more fretless banjo on one of the songs.

 



Lucy Kaplansky about the "Red horse" project in Kennebec Journal Staff







May 6 , 2010
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Q: Now, "Over the Hills" is a 2007 release ... are you working on something new?\

KAPLANSKY: Yes, which is why I'm so busy today. I can tell you that I'm making a CD with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka as we speak. (It's) a trio CD which we're all very excited about, and I'm going to sing some harmonies today in a couple of hours. I've been working with both of them for years -- I love them both, I think they're both incredible artists. Eliza -- I think it was in January -- said: "Hey, Lucy, want to do some gigs with me and John?" And I said: "Wow, that sounds like so much fun." And then my husband (Rick Litvin), who's really smart, said "Why don't you guys make an album together?" So I said to them: "Why don't we make an album?" And they said: "Let's do it!" Well, we're almost done with it and it should be out in July. The name of the group is called Red Horse -- seeing we're all on Red House Records ... so that's the new thing I'm working on.

Q: Is it sort of along the line of the trio work you did with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell that was known as Cry, Cry, Cry?

KAPLANSKY: Well, it's a little bit different -- it's a mix of originals and covers ... Cry, Cry, Cry was virtually all other people's songs, and this one is more kind of a mix of originals with each other doing each other's songs, which I've never heard of anyone doing before.

Q: That's cool!

KAPLANSKY: It is cool -- that was Eliza's idea. So, yeah, it's sort of along the lines of Cry, Cry, Cry -- yes!

Q: Are you three going to be touring together to help support the album?

KAPLANSKY: Yeah, we've already got a bunch of gigs booked and there's going to be more -- yes, we're going to do a bunch of gigs together.

Q: Any chance you'd be getting back to Maine with John and Eliza?

KAPLANSKY:You know, I don't know -- it's certainly possible.

Q: Well, there's Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield -- Carol Noonan's place.

KAPLANSKY: Oh, Stone Mountain -- what a great idea. Yeah, I'm going to look into that one, especially -- I love that place -- it would be perfect for us. Thank you for suggesting that.

Q: Now, you have played at Slates many times in the past, have you not?

KAPLANSKY: I think this is going to be something like my fourth time -- something like that. And the new room there is beautiful -- I mean, they did a gorgeous renovation, gorgeous.

Q: Is there anything you would like me to pass on to the readers of this "What's Happening" article?

KAPLANSKY:
You know, mainly about the new project -- that's really the main thing that's going on, so if you mention that, that would be great ... get the word out because it's supposed to be out in July, but it is possible it'll be August: we're trying to make a couple of deadlines now. We're at the tail-end of recording it right now. We're going to have to have it done in a couple of weeks, in fact.

 



Red Horse
Interview
  Click here to read the Red Horse interview (made by Brandon from Red House Records, July, 12, 2010)

Review
 
Click here to read the Article "Red Horse is an experiment in folk chemistry that worked" Feb 23, 2011). PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Lucy
interview
 
Click here to read the Article "Lucy Kaplansky races to success with Red Horse collaboration" August 13, 2011 in Lowellsun.com

Concert
Preview
  Click here to read the Article "Concert by Red Horse climaxes six days at Bethlehem Musikfest" in THE NEW JERSEY HERALD (August 19, 2011)


Eliza
interview
  Click here to read the interview with Eliza Gilkyson (October 7, 2011, Vail Daily Colorado)

Great ^
photos
  Click here for 48 great Red Horse photos taken January 6, 2012 at TCAN Centre for Arts in Natick, MA.

 

Concert
review

  Click here for Red Horse played Shea Center for Performing Arts (Wayne, NJ). Review on PLANET CHOCKO ZINE, March 13, 2012





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Horse at Madison Square Park (July-2011) Photo by Bill King


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