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UUCB Concerts for a Cause: JOHN GORKA 7:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street , Brunswick

John Gorka, a contemporary American folk musician from Minnesota, is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs. Rolling Stone called him "the preeminent singer/ songwriter of the New Folk movement” while the New York Times wrote, "Listening to John Gorka, one can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor."

Gorka generally mixes in a few songs by other songwriters, and maybe a cover or two of a familiar song, but it is his original songs that really stand out. He crafts his songs extremely well, covering a wide variety of subjects, based on people he has met and things he has seen. Some are fun and humorous, others have social commentary or tell emotional tales. He moves easily through many genres, sometimes even mixing them. He's a great writer who knows how to put a tune to his tales. On stage, he's very engaging, often interacting with the audience. On top of that he is a very fine guitarist, and his fingerpicking adds a great deal to the songs.

Over the years he has built a very impressive body of songs that makes this a must-see show. In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector's edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called ”The Gypsy Life.” Windham Hill also released a collection of John's greatest hits called “Pure John Gorka.”

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. His song "Where No Monuments Stand" is featured in the documentary "Every War Has Two Losers," about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford.

Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door $10 Students/Children. Available at the church office (729-8515), at Gulf of Maine Books, or ONLINE at

The UUCB Concert Series raises money for church programming and local charities.

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