John Gorka's Occasional



John Gorka's Greeting & News (January 13,2019)
Hello in this New Year,

I've had a nice few weeks with family and am looking forward to seeing some of you out there at upcoming shows. In the first part of the year I'll be headed to the northwest with shows in Oregon and Washington; then to the northeast with shows in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. Before March is over, I'll also play in New England, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, and Colorado. In April, I'm headed to Europe for a series of shows in The Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. You can check out a list of shows, below, with a link to the complete (and regularly updated) list on my website.

Thanks to you, 2018 was a good year. I appreciated your coming out to shows and listening to the music. Two new projects were released, including True in Time, and Tales from the Tavern, Volume 2. True in Time ended up on several Top 10 lists, including Folk Alley and Radio Heartland. As of December, both Volumes 1 and 2 of Tales from the Tavern (CD and DVD sets recorded live in Santa Ynez, CA) became available on the website, where you can also now find the lyrics to all the songs on True in Time.  

Also new in '18 was a lyric video of a song not yet on any CD, titled Particle and Wave. This song was written on the day of the March for Our Lives event, inspired by the Parkland students' fight to stop school violence. Here's where you can fine it on YouTube:

Mixed in with the good things of 2018 have been troubled times and losses. I lost my best boyhood friend, Peter Verile. My condolences to those of you have also lost loved ones in the past year.

"You carry on as best you can. Get out of bed and Rise Again." -- Tattooed JG

Link to complete list of confirmed shows: Link to True in Time lyrics:

PS -- Gorka is a first name in the Basque region of Spain I hope this note finds you well! All the best, John G. .

May 18, 2017

News and Travels

Hello From Minnesota, I've played in 26 states so far this year with miles to go before I sleep. My next few shows are in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The show in Wilmington, DE has special guests Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams who are fellow Red House recording artists. You may know Larry as a very talented producer as well.

The next night is an Uptown Concerts show in Fulton, MD with my friend Cheryl Wheeler. This will be very big fun! Sunday I'll be back at the Spring Gulch Festival.

In the beginning of June I'll be doing a string of shows in Northern Michigan with my friend Amilia Spicer who has a new CD out entitled Wow and Flutter.

Upcoming Shows and Events
For complete details and a full listing of complete shows go to:
John Gorka Tour dates


I found out recently that my newest/oldest recording Before Beginning won an Indie Acoustic Award as best singer-songwriter record of 2016. What a nice thing to be recognized so long after its conception and recording back in 1985!


I'm aiming to do some recording of new material in the weeks ahead. I hope to see you out there somewhere!

All the best,
John G.

February 28, 2017

Hello From John Gorka
Greetings from the snowy North

Hello to You, I write this on the last day of the shortest month. There was snow over night but it's been a fairly mild winter here in Minnesota. As a traveller it's been a good start to the year, so far playing in 7 states with 14 more to go in the next 2 months. I've been pretty lucky just missing torrential rains in Southern California and snow storms in Pennsylvania. I did get caught in a blizzard in November in northern Minnesota, though. I made it to Nisswa, but the show was cancelled when the power went out in town. It's been rescheduled for March 10. I made it to the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida in January where the temperatures were in the '70s, warmer than the first time I was there. I drove through the mountains in south eastern Oklahoma which is apparently Bigfoot country, near Broken Bow. I had no sightings but it looked like a nice place for smaller feet as well..

In other news I'm hoping to record an album of new material this summer with a release date in the early part of next year. I am happiest when I'm in the middle of a song and I've got a few of them in the works.


I'll be returning to Eliza Gilkyson's Casa de Musica Songwriter Workshop June 15-18 inTaos, New Mexico. As of this writing there are a few spaces still available. Here is a link

This is where I'll be in the next couple of months. I hope it is somewhere near you.

Click here for more dates



Playing close to home next week

My Canadian friend Rose's new record Natural Conclusion is getting a lot of well deserved attention. She is touring with her band and I look forward to sharing the stage with her next week at The Dakota in Minneapolis.

It looks like I made the Top Artists of 2016 on the Folk DJ List for this past year. A big thanks to the Folk DJs! As compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists:

It looks like there is a trip to Europe in the works for late October I am happy to report. Click here for the link.


August 2, 2016
Newest Oldest Recording

As you can tell by the photo from my new record cover above, I have gotten a lot younger and more intense lately.

In November of 1985 I made my first record, but it never came out…until now. At Nanci Griffith's suggestion, I contacted Nashville-based producer Jim Rooney. I loved the sound of Nanci's Once in a Very Blue Moon record, which he had produced, and was excited at the prospect of working with him. We had a very productive session, recording 10 songs in 5 days, featuring stellar players that Jim brought in, including

Stuart Duncan on fiddle and mandolin, Kenny Malone on drums, and Dave Pomeroy on bass. Lucy Kaplansky and Shawn Colvin accepted my invitation to sing on the record, coming down from New York City for the session, and guitarist Mike Dugan made the trip from Bethlehem, PA.

Why did I not release it at the time? I can only say that I was still finding my way. I'm glad to share these recordings with you now. You may be familiar with the songs (9 out of 10 were later re-recorded and released on my first record, 'I Know,' with Red House Records), but these previously unreleased recordings from the Nashville session offer a different musical slant on the songs, reflecting the energy of a group of musicians and singers playing together at the same time in one room. When I recently listened to these old recordings, I liked what I heard, and I thought you might like to hear them, too.

Released on July 22, it's titled 'Before Beginning: The Unreleased 'I Know,' (Nashville 1985). It's available now from Red House Records and signed copies will be available on my website at very soon. Aside from time in the studio with Rob Genadek getting the new record ready for release, the summer has been filled with touring and working on new songs.



Stay tuned to the Red House Records website for a free download of a new song called "Five Letter Word" which you might describe as 'in season.' Check out the list of upcoming shows through October. Hope to see you out there!

Shows, Summer into Fall

Aug 4, 2016 The Mainstay - Rock Hall, MD
Aug 5, 2016 Towne Crier Cafe - Beacon, NY
Aug 6, 2016 Guthrie Center - Great Barrington, MA
Aug 13, 2016 Old Wadena Rendezvous & Folklife Festival - Wadena, MN
Aug 19, 2016 Cafe Carpe - Ft. Atkinson, WI
Aug 20, 2016 Live Radio Broadcast - Chicago, IL
Aug 27, 2016 Great River Folk Festival - La Crosse, WI
Aug 28, 2016 Great River Folk Festival - La Crosse, WI

Sep 10, 2016 First Unitarian Church - Des Moines, IA
Sep 16, 2016 Rubin Museum of Art - New York, NY
Sep 18, 2016 The Turning Point - Piermont, NY
Sep 23, 2016 Opera House at Boothbay Harbor - Boothbay Harbor, ME
Sep 24, 2016 Apple Festival - Alfred, ME
Oct 2, 2016 Minnesota State University - Mankato, MN
Oct 20, 2016 Private Event - Denver, CO
Oct 21, 2016 Swallow Hill Music Hall - Denver, CO
Oct 22, 2016 Midtown Arts Center, Theatre ONE - Fort Collins, CO
Oct 23, 2016 Steve's Guitars - Carbondale, CO

For a more complete list of upcoming shows go to


Before Beginning

Is available now at and signed copies will be available at soon


Heading West............... March 31, 2016

Hello everybody,

It's been a while since I've written to you! I hope your spring is starting off well. We’ve had a pretty mild winter here in Minnesota, so I’ve been able to get out on my bike in the month of March, which is a pleasantly early beginning to the riding season.

Travels in recent months have included a February trip to The Netherlands, which included a show in The Hague in honor of my good friend Willem Leeuwenhoek, who sadly passed away in November of 2014. The little G# electric guitar that you may have heard me play at shows was a gift from Willem, who was beloved by many and is greatly missed. Those who knew him would agree that Willem approached life as an art. The trip itself was a pleasure, as I was hosted by Willem’s family and the family of Peter ter Horst. I also got to reconnect with my friend Jos Van Vliet, who started a video site featuring many of the interviews and performances I’ve done through the years. Here’s a link to the site he created, which includes video of the recent show at The Hague: Jos also took the photo above.

Later in February, I appreciated the chance to do two shows with Peter Yarrow in South Orange, NJ and Port Washington, NY. We shared the stage and sang together on a number of songs including Peter, Paul & Mary's versions of “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Five Hundred Miles”.It was really an honor. Photo: Love Imagery  

I found out how funny he can be, and was also impressed again by his continuing activism for many good causes in the world, such as Operation Respect, a youth anti-bullying campaign.

  Among the March trips was a visit back to my old stomping grounds in Bethlehem, PA for a couple of shows celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Godfrey Daniels. I got to see many of my old friends, who, like me, have not aged a bit /s. Congratulations to Godfreys, one of the longest running live music coffeehouses in America!!!
I’m looking ahead to shows out west, starting with a show tomorrow, Friday, April 1 at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. I’m happy to say that Michael Manring will be joining me, one of the most innovative bass players anywhere. (No April fooling.)
Later spring shows will take me to the northwest and the southeast (see below for details), and to Taos for a reprise of the La Casa de Musica, the songwriting workshop presented by Eliza Gilkyson.  

On the personal front, let me just say that I have new appreciation for any parent who has navigated the college application and financial aid process! And let's hope we all make it through the November elections!

My best to you all, hope to see you at a show when I’m in your neighborhood -- John Gorka.

Upcoming Shows VENUE / LOCATION

Apr 1, 2016 Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA - With Michael Manring!
Apr 2, 2016 Pilgrim Congregational Church Redding, CA
Apr 3, 2016 Sutter Creek Theatre Sutter Creek, CA
Apr 14, 2016 Flying Goose Brewpub, New London, NH
Apr 15, 2016 Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Apr 16, 2016 Common Fence Point Community Hall Portsmouth, RI
Apr 17, 2016 The Long Island Museum Gillespie Room Stony Brook, NY
Apr 21, 2016 Eat, Drink Morso Gig Harbor, WA
Apr 22, 2016 Alberta Rose Theatre Portland, OR
Apr 23, 2016 Phinney Neighborhood Center Seattle, WA

May 12, 2016 BluSeed Studios at Saranac Village Saranac Lake, NY
May 13, 2016 Eighth Step at Proctors Schenectady, NY
May 14, 2016 Auburn Public Theater Auburn, NY
May 15, 2016 Hugh's Room Toronto, Ontario
May 19, 2016 Red & Shorty's Concert Series Dover , NH
May 20, 2016 The Chocolate Church Bath, ME
May 21, 2016 Homegrown Coffeehouse at First Parish Unitarian Church Needham, MA
May 22, 2016 City Winery, New York, NY

Jun 2, 2016 The Crimson Moon, Dahlonega, GA
Jun 3, 2016 ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall Asheville, NC
Jun 4, 2016 Red Clay Theatre Duluth, GA

For a more complete list of upcoming shows go to .



Gorka Notes & Shows Through November

September 17, 2015

Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, Maryland

I hope you're doing well. The leaves here are just starting to turn, and I'm looking ahead to my next round of shows, when it will officially be Fall. I'll kick off the new season with a show at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, Maryland. If you haven't had a chance to see a show at this venue, I hope you'll check it out. It's a restaurant in an old train station with a stage in the corner; an intimate setting to perform

and listen to music. I'll go on to shows in Pennsylvania and Ohio (see details below and on my website)

It's been a really nice summer. Songwriter workshops in New Mexico and Utah went well. I found working with the other songwriters to be very inspiring. Some people attending had never written a song before, while others had been longtime writers and had their own CDs. Teaching at these workshops challenged me to try to find words for a process that has really always been more or less intuitive. My main hope was to offer something of value for each of the participants from some of what has worked for me. I can say there were plenty of good songs that came of these workshops, and it was a privilege to be a part of them. I'll be returning to Eliza Gilkyson's Casa de Musica workshop in Taos, NM next June.

Casa de Musica Songwriter Workshop with Tyson Eastland, David E. Clemmer, David Clauss, clay eastland, Gail Husson, John Mahon, Randy Mulkey, Elaine Bergman, Rich Frasier, Michael Sackett, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Terry Conlan, Stephen Scholle, Stephen Scholle, Maddie Clemmer, Cisco Ryder Gilliland, Wendy Silk, Heather Coryell, Gail Martin, William Anderson en Chick Morgan.

Other highlights of the summer were shows in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, The Lunenburg

  Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia, The Kerriville Fall Festival and the 50th Anniversary of The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI where I shared the stage with Peter Yarrow, Vienna Teng and Robbie Schaefer. I hope to be singing on Antje Duvekot's new record on a song called "Half Light".


I was also invited to sing a duet with Honor Finnegan on Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes' "Song of Bernadette" for Honor's upcoming CD.".I'm still putting the finishing touches on an old recording that preceded "I Know" featuring most of the songs from that debut record with unreleased versions of those songs recorded in Nashville in November 1985. The working title is "Before Beginning".


Looking a bit farther ahead, my plans include a trip to Texas in December and Holland in early February. One of the Holland shows will be in honor of my dear friend, Willem Leeuwenhoek, who we sadly lost last November and is missed by all who knew him.
< Willem Leeuwenhoek

Enjoy the fine days and all the rest. Hope to see you out there.


  Sep 24, 2015 Baldwin's Station Sykesville, MD
Sep 25, 2015 Midtown Scholar Bookstore Harrisburg, PA
Sep 26, 2015 Songspace at First Unitarian Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 27, 2015 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Oct 2, 2015 Me & Thee Coffeehouse Marblehead, MA
Oct 3, 2015 The Spire Center for Performing Arts Plymouth, MA
Oct 4, 2015 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
Oct 10, 2015 Arrowhead Center for the Arts Grand Marais, MN
Oct 17, 2015 Platteville High School Auditorium Platteville, WI
Oct 22, 2015 World Cafe Live at The Queen Upstairs Wilmington, DE
Oct 23, 2015 Peter Hall at Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
Oct 24, 2015 Unitarian Universalist Church Titusville, NJ
Nov 2, 2015 Lips Atrium in the Charlton Building Rochester, MN
Nov 6, 2015 C-U Folk and Roots Festival Urbana, IL
Nov 8, 2015 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov 13, 2015 Ashland Coffee & Tea Ashland, VA
Nov 15, 2015 Southport Senior Center Southport, NC
Nov 21, 2015 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

There was a sign in the window of a beauty shop that I passed on the road last weekend in Upstate New York:

Facial Positions Available
I hope I'm doing a show near you but if I'm not I want you to know that I feel it is my loss. Proceeds from the sale of my CDs at my shows and on the website go to one of my favorite causes -- The Center For Advanced Learning... (at our house). It looks like our son will be off to college in just under a year to be followed by our daughter 2 years after that.

Thank you for looking at this all the way to The End .






June 4, 2015

Hello from Minnesota,

I've been home or close to home these last few weeks which has made me very happy. We've had some rain to help get us out of the moderate drought we've been experiencing, but we've also had some gorgeous days on which I've been able to ride my bicycle. The first few months of the year were very busy with shows through 18 states and provinces. Below is a list of shows for the summer and I will also be part of 2 concentrated songwriter workshops: First with my friend Eliza Gilkyson, in Taos, NM and the second in Salt Lake City, UT with Kate Macleod, at the end of June. Eliza's Residency is all filled up but there may be some room in the Utah Song School.

I head back to my old stomping grounds this weekend starting with a show at Godfrey Daniels where I got my start. That show is sold out, I'm told, but the outdoor show the next evening in Bryn Mawr has tickets available. In both shows I will be joined my fellow Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band member, Russ Rentler on mandolin. The shows over the July 4th weekend are with my friend Cliff Eberhardt. Our shows together are always big fun. Come if you can! For more info on these shows, the Utah Song School and others please go to this link.

  I'm hoping to put out a recording I did in 1985 in Nashville, produced by Jim Rooney. If you've heard my debut record, I Know (1987), you will be familiar with 9 out of the 10 songs here but the versions are distinctly different, with some excellent players such as Stuart Duncan, Dave Pomeroy and Kenny Malone. Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky came down for these sessions as well. We had to bake the multitrack tapes in order to transfer the tracks to a digital form and then did a new mix of each song. The working title is Before Beginning. I will let you know when it is available.

I am still sorry about the recent passing of Mr. B.B. King. In real life he was never wrong.

Have a good summer!


There was an article in the Dallas Morning News recently about
the restoration of Pegasus, the original "Flying Red Horse" sign
in Dallas. My song was used in a video version of the story which
you can view here...

The people who designed this poster did a really nice job. It's from a few years back, in Durham, NC.


  Jun 5, 2015 Godfrey Daniel's Bethlehem, PA
Jun 6, 2015 Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts Bryn Mawr, PA
Jun 7, 2015 The Turning Point Piermont, NY
Jun 11, 2015 Casa De Musica Songwriting Residency with Eliza
............ Gilkyson Taos, NM
Jun 25, 2015 Intermountain Acoustic Music Association Song
............ School .Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 27, 2015 Utah Arts Festival Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 3, 2015 Great Waters Music Festival Wolfeboro, NH
Jul 4, 2015 Jonathan's Ogunquit, ME
Jul 5, 2015 The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Old
............ Saybrook, CT
Jul 24, 2015 Private Event Jackson Hole, WY
Jul 26, 2015 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 6, 2015 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Lunenburg, Nova
............ Scotia
Aug 13, 2015 SubCulture New York, NY
Aug 14, 2015 Guthrie Center Great Barrington, MA
Aug 15, 2015 Private Event Stamford, CT
Aug 16, 2015 YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Bay
............ Shore, NY
Aug 28, 2015 Amazing Grace Bakery Duluth, MN
Aug 29, 2015 Amazing Grace Bakery Duluth, MN

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hello There,

While the northeast US has borne a beast of a winter, we in Minnesota have had to deal with some normal sub-zero temperatures but not a lot of snow. So far we have had it pretty easy but March is known to be a very snowy month so I cannot yet claim this to be a mild winter. (My wife says that I'm officially a Minnesotan starting off this newsletter talking about the weather). My indoor interests have me geeking out making, breaking and rebuilding my computers for audio recording. It's an oddly enjoyable form of trouble. I am now ready and looking forward to being in the middle of a song. It might be my favorite place to be.

Thank you for the great response to my last email mentioning my CDs as holiday gifts. Bright Side of Down was the 3rd most played album on the Folk DJ List for all of last year I am happy to report. Also, late last Fall I found out that one of my songs, Semper Fi, was on Peter, Paul and Mary's new live CD Discovered: Live In Concert. I had heard that Mary sang the song in their live shows but I never heard her do it and didn't know that there was a recording. I am thrilled to have one of my songs on a Peter, Paul and Mary record. I am really pleased with her rendition as it was so true to the spirit of the song. I wish she were still here so that I could thank her.  

I've already played in Northern California, Iowa, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota so far this year with the next bunch of shows listed below. The last 2 shows were especially fun with my friends Michael Johnson and Cheryl Wheeler. Also, I will be taking part in Eliza Gilkyson's Casa De Musica songwriting workshop for the first time in Taos, NM June 11-14.
Here is a link
for more information about that.

The shows for the next couple months are listed below. I'm bouncing around the country quite a bit! Have fun out there if you can wherever you are and wherever you go. .

All the best,
John G.

Mar 6, 2015 - Liberty Theater ...............Astoria, OR
Mar 7, 2015 - Words and Music Concert Series ...............Vaughn, WA
Mar 8, 2015 - The Triple Door ...............Seattle, WA
Mar 12, 2015 - Flying Goose Brewpub ...............New London, NH
Mar 13, 2015 - Bridge Street Live ...............Collinsville, CT
Mar 14, 2015 - River Club Music Hall ...............Scituate, MA
Mar 15, 2015 - Caffe Lena............... Saratoga Springs , NY
Mar 20, 2015 -The Inglewood Music Club ...............Calgary, AB
Mar 21, 2015 - Queen Alexandra Community Hall ...............Edmonton, AB
Mar 22, 2015 - Calgary House Concert ...............Calgary, AB
Apr 3, 2015 - Bo Diddley's Deli ...............St. Cloud, MN
Apr 4, 2015 - Festival Theatre ...............St. Croix Falls, WI
Apr 18, 2015 - Phillips Center for the Performing Arts- Squitieri Studio Theatre........ Gainesville, FL
Apr 19, 2015 - Private Show ...............St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 20, 2015 - Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Jaeb Theater ...............Tampa, FL
Apr 24, 2015 - Steve's Guitars ...............Carbondale, CO
Apr 25, 2015 - Swallow Hill Music Hall ...............Denver, CO
Apr 26, 2015 - Midtown Arts Center, Theatre ONE ...............Fort Collins, CO
Apr 28, 2015 - Hopkins Center for the Arts ...............Hopkins, MN



















Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Snowman to You

This is a note to say thank you for your interest in my music. Thanks to those who came to the shows, bought physical cds, downloads and also to the streamers. Thank you for listening. Thank you all. If you would like to purchase cds from my website as holiday gifts, I will sign every last one of them. I am happy to report my newest, Bright Side of Down is turning up on lists of favorite cds of the year, . If you order the cds by Monday night I should be able to get them in the mail on Tuesday, Dec. 16. I send them out USPS 1st Class Mail.

To buy cds go here. (I have only a few dvds on hand)

In some other good news my song Semper Fi is on the new Peter, Paul and Mary cd "Discovered: Live in Concert". I haven't heard the recording yet but I'm happy that the song is on there. For a list of upcoming shows please go here. I hope this finds you merry and bright --


All the best,

John G.




John Gorka Music
Hello to you in October 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014
Looking forward to seeing you out there.

Hello to You, I hope this note finds you well. It looks like a busy Fall travel season ahead beginning this week in Ontario, Canada at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener on Friday, next week in Maryland , PA and NJ.
The show in PA is at The Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA "The Mushroom Capital of the World". There are trips to New England, Texas and North Carolina as you will see if you scroll down. For a full schedule of upcoming confirmed shows please go to John Gorka tour dates


I'm also looking forward to working on a new batch of songs this Fall. I've got bits and pieces of them, fragments that won't seem to leave me alone, which is something I've learned to pay attention to. Lately I've been challenging myself to write songs in different time signatures, like 5/4 time, so I've been counting to five over and over and over again in different tempos. It's fun to experiment, we'll see how it goes.

I want to take a moment here to congratulate Eric Peltoniemi, president of Red House Records, for being recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Folk Alliance Midwest. In addition to being an artist in his own right, Eric has made a great contribution to the world of folk and acoustic music through his longtime association with Red House Records.
Check the Red House website to see all the great music, past and present, and the community of artists that Eric and this label have brought together


In the past few weeks my travels have taken me through drought-stricken areas of California with temperatures of 109 degrees, and along northern Minnesota roads with signs warning of sled-dog crossings and snow in the forecast. Sometimes this life is a study in extremes.

At the moment here in Minnesota rain is falling and there is color in the trees. Thank you for listening.

All the best,

John G.

OnetwoThreefourfiveOnetwoThreefourfiveOnetwoThreefourfiveOnetwothree .

Oct 4, 2014
8:00 pm

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON

Oct 5, 2014
7:30 pm
Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club @ Chaucer's
122 Carling Street
London, ON

Oct 9, 2014
8:00 pm


Baldwin's Station
7618 Main St.
Sykesville, MD


I think this one is sold out!


Oct 10, 2014
8:00 pm

The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA

Kennett Square is the mushroom capital of the world.

Oct 11, 2014
8:00 pm

Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club
Fairlawn Community Center
10-10 20th Street
Fair Lawn, NJ

Oct 20, 2014
time: TBA

Private Event
Rochester, MN

Playing at The Mayo Clinic concert series
Oct 23, 2014
7:00 pm

One Longfellow Square
181 State Street
Portland, ME

Oct 24, 2014
8:00 pm

Peterborough Players Theater
Off Middlehancock Road
Peterborough, NH

.. performing with the incomparable Cheryl Wheeler.

Oct 25, 2014
8:00 pm

Firehouse Center for the Arts
One Market Square
Newburyport, MA

Oct 26, 2014
7:30 pm

Palmer Historical & Cultural Center
2072 Main Street
Three Rivers, MA

Nov 7, 2014
time: TBA

Fischer Fest
Fischer, TX

Nov 8, 2014
7:00 pm

Open Door Coffeehouse at Trinity United Methodist Church
1200 West
Green Oaks Arlington, TX

Nov 9, 2014
7:30 pm

Dosey Doe Coffeehouse
25911-45 North
The Woodlands, TX

Nov 16-17, 2014


Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda , MD


..a benefit for John Jennings, with many amazing artists, including Mary Chapin Carpenter.


Nov 17, 2014
time: TBA

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda , MD

Nov 21, 2014
7:30 pm

Dreaming Tree Coffeehouse at the Old Stone Church 1 Oak Summit Rd
Baptisttown, NJ

Nov 22, 2014
8:00 pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons
Germantown, MD

Nov 23, 2014
7:00 pm

1194 Huff's Church Rd.
Barto, PA

Click here to order tickets
Dec 4, 2014
time: TBA

Rockingham Community College Auditorium
Wentworth , NC


Dec 5, 2014
8:00 pm

Fiddle & Bow Society at Community Arts Cafe
411 W. Fourth St. Winston-Salem ,
NC 336-724-9393.

Dec 6, 2014
7:00 pm

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC

Dec 7, 2014
7:00 pm
Mountain Spirit
Coffeehouse at UU Asheville
1 Edwin Place
Asheville, NC 828-299-4171



This is the September 2014 newletter with hyperlinks

John Gorka says Hello
And hopes he's coming to a town near you.


Hello from Minnesota,

Though it's technically still summer and the humidity is high, it's starting to feel more like fall here, with the deer returning to their winter gray.

I'm starting to mix some recordings from very early in my career for possible release, which has been fun. Also in the worksin recent weeks was a session with Dirk Freymuth, who invited me to record with him  

on a version of one of my favorite Stan Rogers songs, "Harris and the Mare." It's funny that Dirk would bring up a song that I requested Stan sing at a show in December 1980, on the first night I met him.

Post-session beer (John Gorka & Rob Genadek at the Black Forest Inn)


Projects this summer have included creating a studio version of "Give us Back our Water," which was written in response to the chemical spill in Charleston, West Viriginia that contaminated the drinking water. Eliza Gilkyson sang with me on the track, recording from her studio in Austin. The song has since become part of a larger recording project with many other artists focused on issues related to water, featuring Kathy Mattea and Tim O'Brien to name a few. I'm glad to be part of it.

John Gorka Give Us Back Our Water (Live from Mountain Stage) 2014

As always, I'm writing new songs and preparing songs old and new for future recordings.

All for now, I'm off to New York City for an all-acoustic show at The Rubin Museum. (This means no sound system). I will also be coming to Texas in November. Please see for a more complete list of shows.

Hope to see you out there
-- John G .
Blues Palace Music | PO Box 813 | Stillwater | MN | 55082



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