Sunday Oct 2nd, 2022 @ 07:00 PM

John Gorka

Ticket Price: $40.50 Advance | $45.50 Day of Show



Godfrey’s “Favorite Son” returns to our stage following his residency at Festival UnBound. 

A native of New Jersey, John Gorka got his start on the Godfrey’s stage in the late 1970’s. 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 Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. 

Soon he started 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 Texas’ 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 – had become his peers. 

John has recorded more than 20 CDs and has traveled the country presenting his own special brand of folk to audiences everywhere. Welcome back, John!

Enjoy this video of John performing “Better Times Will Come.”

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