From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Inspired by the folk-inspired acoustic music of singer-songwriters such as Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt, John soon began performing his own original songs.
John Gorka has been referred to as a "bridge" artist: someone who passes along a musical tradition while also showcasing his own modern voice. (WKSV)
Without talented artists such as Gorka and his contemporaries to mind the path, this kind of personal, meaningful and human music might have slipped away. That would have been a tragedy, because Gorka's songs tell real stories about real people such as you, me, your family and friends. It helps that he's a great writer who knows how to put a tune to a tale.
In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement."
Special appearance: Scott Alarik will open for John Gorka with some select readings from his book: "Revival: A Folk Music Novel" Scott's novel was winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Popular Fiction.
"A wonderful window into the world of folk music, the dreams of an artist, and a reminder that what we want and what we need are rarely the same thing. A beautiful novel." - Performing Songwriter Magazine
Scott covered folk music in the Boston Globe for over 20 years. Pete Seeger calls him "one of the best writers in America" and the Library Journal called his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, "an essential primer of the continuing folk revival." Alarik is also a singer-songwriter who toured the national folk circuit and performed regularly on A Prairie Home Companion.
Warm Clothes, Warm Hearts
Simple Gifts Coffee House supports a winter clothing drive to benefit homeless people in the Nashua area. We will be collecting at our December show. Please bring in new or gently used jackets, coats, gloves, mittens, and hats and they will be distributed to those in need at area homeless shelters. You will receive three raffle tickets when you make a clothing donation.
Simple Gifts Coffee House (View)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St.
Nashua, NH 03064