Gorka got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. In the late 1970s, he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Eric Andersen and Tom Paxton. Their music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs. Soon he started traveling to New York City, and then on to folk meccas like Texas’s Kerrville Folk Festival, where he won the New Folk Award in 1984.
In 1987 Red House Records released Gorka’s first album, “I Know.” Two years later an offer came from Will Ackerman’s Windham Hill folk label, High Street Records. Gorka recorded five albums with High Street over the next seven years, and in 1998 he returned to Red House. His latest CD, “So Dark You See,” was named one of the Top Folk Albums of 2009 by the Boston Globe.
He is known for his tireless touring, and for the depth, craft, and emotion of his songwriting. Gorka’s songs have been performed by such notables as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith. He has been featured nationally on NPR, CMT, Austin City Limits, and Mountain Stage. His song “Where No Monument Stands” was featured in the documentary “Every War Has Two Losers” about activist Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.
All proceeds from the show will benefit Next Stage Arts Project. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. For additional information and tickets visit www.nextstagearts.org or call (802) 387-0102.