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John Gorka performs at the Ivy Chord Coffee House

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John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. His presence is warm and friendly, his songs are thoughtful, inspired, and human; you will laugh, cry, and beg for more.


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.


His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, and overseas. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN.


John still tours the world and continues his love of songwriting.

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