John Gorka

Phoenicia United Methodist Church, 29 Church St., Phoenicia, NY 12464

$20 in advance / $23 at the door

Online sales end at noon on the day of the show.

The New Jersey-born, Minnesota-based artist has been performing since the late 1970s, and his distinctive folk music can be found on more than a dozen albums. The acclaimed songwriter with an emotive baritone has collaborated with artists ranging from Nanci Griffith to Mary Chapin Carpenter to Eliza Gilkyson. His engaging performance style, where he veers from dry humor to conversations with the audience to heartbreakingly intimate songcraft, has taken him to stages all over the world, and on such outlets as CNN, CMT, VH1, E-Town, PBS’s Austin City Limits, and NPR’s “Mountain Stage.” His beloved song “The Gypsy Life” summarizes his work as a veteran troubadour, with other favorites including the confessional “Ignorance and Privilege,” poignant “Blue Chalk,” and humorous “People My Age.”

Known for transporting his audiences, Gorka has pointed to folk music as “serving a much deeper purpose to enrich and redefine public discourse and personal growth.” His sense of humor is ever-present, however. Though he acknowledges that “music helps” during these “troubled and chaotic times,” he jokes about a “recent study suggesting that attending live music does more to extend your life than yoga and dog-walking.” “I’m not sure about that,” he says, pointing to Groucho Marx’s quote, “Outside of a dog, music is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too hard to hear!”

Gorka’s upcoming appearance at the intimate Flying Cat listening room in Phoenicia’s 127-year-old United Methodist Church will certainly provide a powerful tonic – and some lighthearted fun.

Advance tickets for $20 are available until Noon the day of show or $23 (cash only) at the door.

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