West Side Folk is thrilled to announce that it will present two very special concerts to benefit Kansas Public Radio, which sustained very heavy budget cuts due to the cutbacks in state funding of the University of Kansas. Brother Sun and John Gorka are playing for reduced fees to do their part to help KPR, and all profits from these concerts will go to KPR.
Hailing from New Jersey, but forged in the Greenwich Village Fast Folk scene, he honed his craft and persona into an unmistakable image. The shy, wry, insightful, and yes, sensitive singer-songwriter has been copied and parodied. But the old coat he wove still fits and still suits him well. The old songs ring as true as they ever did, and the new ones are just as good.
Rolling Stone called him “the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement” while the Boston Globe said “Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.” The New York Times said: “Listening to John Gorka, one can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone and his twisted humor.”