John Gorka – Chesham Church

Sunday, Aug. 1st at 6:30pm
Chesham Church
Chesham Rd, Village of Chesham
(a village in Harrisville, NH)
(1 mile off route 101)

Tickets $20 in advance $25 day of show
CASH Only Please

Doors open at 5:45

Call (603)827-3452 or email to reserve tickets to be held at the door.

“John Gorka is honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life.”

The cover of Gorka’s newest CD, ” So Dark You See” has been getting rave reviews ..and the cover is a painting by New Hampshire singer/songwriter/guitarist/painter Tom Pirozzoli

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windhan Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s inprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley, and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. Rolling Stone called him “the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement.” His rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.

Other performers also discovered his songwriting. His material is championed by many — to date more than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends — Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this has brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN, and has been the subject of other national programming.

Finally in 1998, after five successful recordings, and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence.
As John says, “Red House is in it first for the music, and so am I. It’s a good place to be.”

After Yesterday represents the first fruits of that reunion and reflects John’s continuing commitment to the craft of songwriting. Longtime fans will find in its twelve songs John’s trademark twist of lyric and attention to the details that so effectively evoke a time, a place, a person, or a range of emotion. But there are also the stirrings of new musical directions with the evocative addition of percussion from Ani DiFranco’s drummer Andy Stochansky. John also shares his joy at recent changes in his life (namely a 1996 marriage and move to Minnesota, followed by the 1997 birth of a baby boy — Bocephus Mahatma Sinatra Gorka) with cuts such as “Cypress Trees,” “After Yesterday” and “When He Cries.” There is a hardened knowledge, vented and voiced in “Thorny Patch” and “Wisdom.” Story songs and character studies, “Amber Lee,” “Silvertown” and “Zuly” engage the imagination, while a song like “Heroes” invites introspection.

Though a long way from Godfrey Daniels, John Gorka is still honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. After Yesterday is the embodiment of that expression — another classic release where his rich baritone voice and unique song craft weave together in a way that can only be described as “Gorka.”

Deb McWethy of Deb’s House Concerts and Edie Clark, a renowned Harrisville writer, are collaborating to bring to our neighborhood Chesham Church some of the best art shows, readings and concerts from the area and beyond. For many summers, Edie has presented art shows at the Chesham Church and Deb has been presenting musicians in her living room in Chesham as well as on the stage at the Peterborough Player’s Theater for the Peterborough Folk Music Society. Many of you have attended one or all of these events. Our intent is for all profits from these events to go back toward fortifying this beautiful and historic 1785 church building. We hope to bring you news about a series of events at the Chesham Church in the near future.

Meanwhile please attend the concert with John Gorka in our bright and airy summer church for a wonderful summer, Sunday evening concert.

Chesham Arts Mission Statement
Chesham Arts exists solely to present arts events in order to assist the Community Church of Harrisville and
Chesham in raising funds to expand and update the historic structure known locally as The Chesham Church.