Join us Saturday, April 20, 2024 at Stangl Stage to hear world-renowned singer-songwriter John Gorka play his unique brand of folk-inspired acoustic music.
New Jersey's own John Gorka
John Gorka got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians.
Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts.
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.
Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.
11 critically acclaimed albums
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 from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
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 new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.
Tina Ross, Singer-Songwriter
Stangl Stage is excited to introduce Tina Ross as the opening act for John. A former chiropractor turned singer-songwriter, Tina Ross has been making waves since her career shift in 2019. Her debut album, "While I'm Here," released in February 2023, received rave reviews for its blend of intimate vocals and compelling guitar play.
Named Focus Music’s 2023 Rising Artist, Tina has also been a finalist in several songwriting contests, including the UK Songwriting and International Acoustic Music Awards. She's part of Christine Lavin's "The Seasons Project" and a proud member of Jack Hardy’s Songwriters Exchange.
Critics rave about Tina. Christine Lavin hailed her as "one of the greatest Singer Songwriters of the 21st Century,” while John Apice of Americana Highways described her debut CD as something that "warms the soul." Jill Padua from River Vibes Concerts praises her ability to bring joy with her "gorgeous voice and great connection with the audience." Join us to experience the magic of Tina Ross live at Stangl Stage!
April 20, 2024
8pm to 10pm
(Doors open at 7:30pm)
Location: 4 Stangl Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822 (Map)
Ticket Prices Online
$35 General admission
$45 Table seating
(Price does not include service fee and taxes.)
Ticket Prices at the Door (if available)
$40 General Admission
$50 Table seating
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