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John Gorka - A folk legend live in concert!

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 3:30pm
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 12:30pm
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 3:30pm

Saturday, July 5th at 3:45 pm in concert at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Sunday, July 6th at 12:30 pm (Whaling Museum Theatre) and 3:30pm (Zeiterion Perf. Arts Center) - Songwriters circles
New Bedford Folk Festival, New Bedford, MA

John Gorka plays a concert in celebration of his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, out March 4, 2014 on Red House Records. The first release in over four years from the acclaimed songwriter widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents” (Vintage Guitar), the album’s 12 songs are beautifully produced and sequenced from beginning to end.

With guest vocal appearances by Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson, Claudia Schmidt and Michael Johnson, the collection resonates with the classic, “Gorka-esque” sound and lyrical insight that’s earned him generations of devoted fans and a career that’s found him gracing the stages of PBS’ Austin City Limits, NPR’s Mountain Stage and venues worldwide.

In Bright Side of Down, Gorka offers a complete listen, with arrangements built around vocal and guitar and songs that vary in type, tempo and feel. The 11 original songs and one cover (by his late friend Bill Morrissey, "She's That Kind of Mystery") explore broad themes of winter-to-spring: of unforgiving edges, saving beauty, and being at the mercy of larger forces. 

The songs adjust like eyes to darkness, opening up to let in more light. Bright Side of Down is personal while hitting a universal nerve, a quality John Gorka has made his signature, with a group of songs that you’ll keep thinking about long after the album ends

Tickets:  $21/advance;  Weekend Pass: $100.