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John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky

  • Sun Apr 2 2017 - 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $35 advance | $40 door

Another in our series of Reunion Concerts, marking the 25th anniversary of Legion Arts, brings together another pair of our favorite musicians.

John Gorka has been called America’s quintessential singer-songwriter. Hailing from New Jersey but forged in Greenwich Village, he early on honed his craft and persona into an indelible image: the shy, wry, insightful, and yes, sensitive singer-songwriter. It’s been copied and parodied, yes, but the old coat that Gorka wove still fits, and it suits him well. The classic songs ring as true as ever, and the new ones are, if anything, even better. John has released 12 acclaimed albums. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. He’s a popular performer on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stag, and has appeared on CNN. Rolling Stone calls him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of the new folk movement,” while the New York Times proclaims “Listening to John Gorka sing, you get goose bumps all over, thanks to the fresh lyrics, the stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor.”
Lucy Kaplansky’s sexy, sultry, emotional voice adds great depth to her heart-felt songs. “It’s inevitable that as you get older and your life deepens you find more ways of connecting to an larger circle of people,” says Lucy. “I find myself clearer about my priorities, my purpose, my politics and my faith.” Her circle of friends is, at this point, vast: she’s performed with such greats as Shawn Colvin, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith, Patti Larkin and Suzanne Vega. In 1998, Kaplansky teamed up with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell to form the folk super group Cry, Cry, Cry. In 2010, she joined long-time friends John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson to form another celebrated trio, Redhorse. Her rising popularity has led to appearances on the CBS Morning Show, NPR’s Weekend Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Mountain Stage and West Coast Live.